Fletcher relishing Reds test
Darren Fletcher is confident Liverpool will not adopt the same safety-first approach as Rangers.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 16/09/10 4:22pm
Darren Fletcher is confident Liverpool will not adopt the same safety-first approach as Rangers when they visit Manchester United on Sunday.
United dominated Tuesday night's Champions League clash at Old Trafford, with Rangers having just one shot all game as the Scottish giants frustrated the hosts to claim a 0-0 draw.
Liverpool are the visitors on Sunday and will be eager to avoid defeat - not only due to their fierce rivalry with United but because they have just five points from four games so far.
It is now 20 years since Liverpool last won the league, and in the meantime United have been crowned champions 11 times to equal Liverpool's record of 18 league titles.
And although the Merseysiders are in a transitional phase after Roy Hodgson replaced Rafa Benitez in the Anfield hotseat, Fletcher feels it would betray their heritage to go out looking for a draw.
"Liverpool's history will not allow them to put nine men behind the ball," said the United midfielder. "That is not their style.
"Under Roy Hodgson I am sure they will be disciplined and well drilled. But they will look to win the match as well.
"It is the biggest game because of the history and the success the two clubs have had," Fletcher added.
"We have had a lot of battles over the years. There is a great history between the two clubs and we have equalled their number of league titles now, so a lot is looked into that.
"It is a massive occasion, when form goes out of the window. Liverpool will be looking to kick-start their season but to have them at Old Trafford so early just emphasises the importance of getting the right result."
United have not had things all their own way in the league this season either as last weekend they visited Liverpool's city rivals Everton and conceded two goals in stoppage time to draw 3-3.
The Red Devils have also had to be content with a draw away to Fulham and Fletcher has called for United to be more clinical when they return to Old Trafford.
"There has been nothing wrong with our overall performances," said the Scotland captain.
"We are playing some good stuff at times.
"What we are missing just now is the killer instinct. We need to change that as soon as possible."