Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford insists he is relishing the test that Liverpool will no doubt bring to Old Trafford on Monday evening.
United have endured a challenging start to the new season, with back-to-back Premier League defeats against Brighton and Brentford.
But while Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to be even tougher opponents, Rashford is just as excited to face the club’s fiercest rivals now as he was when he was younger.
Having been at United since the age of seven, the Academy graduate has featured in many previous meetings with the Merseysiders.
”To be honest, I feel exactly the same [as in the past],” said Marcus, when speaking to club media this week.
”Against anyone, you want to win but against your Liverpools and Manchester Citys, you want to prove why you play for Manchester United.
“Winning against Liverpool is the same feeling as when I was a kid.”
Rashford has found the net on five previous occasions against Liverpool and admits those strikes had a special edge to them.
”Yeah, I’d probably say so,” he responded, when asked if goals at the expense of Monday’s opponents mean more.
”After the game, you realise a goal’s a goal and you need to score them against any team.
”But the initial feeling is massive and it’s something that you crave as a player and I don’t think that ever leaves you.”
With improvement needed on the pitch in order to kickstart the first season under Erik ten Hag, our no.10 issued his own rallying call to the Old Trafford faithful for Monday evening, asking the supporters to “just get behind us.”
Rashford added: “From what I can remember, when we’ve beaten Liverpool, the fans have helped us massively.
”It’s always a difficult game physically and mentally, so we’ll definitely need them. They’ll be up for the game, they’ll want to beat Liverpool just as much as we do.”