A visit to Liverpool excites Man United fans and manager Jose Mourinho

A visit to Liverpool excites Man United fans and manager Jose Mourinho
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

The first game that Manchester United fans look for when the fixtures are announced is Liverpool away. There are obviously other big and important games but none match a trip to Anfield.

It does not matter if either club is challenging for the title or where they find themselves in the table, this is a day for the bragging rights and both sets of supporters are desperate to see their team win.

Juan Mata's anecdote about the chef at United's Carrington training ground sums up the feeling: "From Monday, Mike the chef is on at us: 'beat them, beat them, beat them,'" Mata said.

And, if you are to be picky, winning in a way that causes maximum anguish for the opposition fans is even better. For example, United fans had a ball in the away end three seasons ago when watching their team win 2-1

After goading Liverpool's Steven Gerrard for slipping and costing his team the title one year before throughout the first half whenever he warmed up as a substitute, they could hardly believe the gift he presented them with.

In his last game against United, having announced his decision to leave Liverpool in the summer of 2015 a couple of months earlier, he got sent off less than a minute after coming on for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

In Gerrard's autobiography, he revealed how the anger had built up inside him while listening to United fans singing about Chelsea's Demba Ba and how Liverpool nearly won the league, which led to his frustration boiling over.

Moments like that, or John O'Shea's injury-time winner in front of The Kop in 2007 or Gary Neville's exuberant celebration following Rio Ferdinand's late winner in 2006, are priceless for supporters.

The anticipation ahead of a game against your hated rival is huge because fans ca not help but daydream about how euphoric it feels to win. But there is always the fear of being on the receiving end of an agonising defeat. There's nothing worse in football than watching and hearing the fans of club you hate going bonkers after sticking the ball in the back of the net against your team.


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