Nemanja Matic says Manchester United are ready for Liverpool game
By George Galpin
Last Updated: 13/10/17 11:21am
Nemanja Matic has said Manchester United know what they need to do to stop Liverpool in the derby, live on Sky Sports this Saturday.
The Serbian has not lost at Anfield in his career, winning on both of his visits to Merseyside when playing under manager Jose Mourinho with Chelsea.
The now-United boss has again prepared his players for what lies ahead in the derby, according to the midfielder who was brought to Old Trafford by Mourinho during the summer.
"We have prepared very well, the manager got some videos for us to see what (Liverpool) have in their team and how we can stop them, so I'm sure we will be ready for them," Matic told MUTV.
"It's like every game - we have to be focused for the 90 minutes, we have to take care of the small details, because they can be dangerous.
"Every small mistake they can punish you, so our concentration is very important, but, of course, we have to use our quality to score some goals as well."
Liverpool have been quick starters this season with six of their 13 goals this season coming within the first 30 minutes of their games so far, while their opponents have netted just three in that time.
But in the later stages it has been United who have been prolific, with 10 of their 21 goals arriving in the last 15 minutes of games compared to Liverpool's solitary goal in the same period.
Despite that Matic insists they have to be fast out of the blocks and match the intensity of their rivals in a game the midfielder acknowledges is vitally important for both sets of supporters.
The Serb said: "They always want to score goals in the first 10-15 minutes, We have to be ready for that, and we have to be very aggressive in the same way they try to be.
"It's a big derby, it's a special game for our fans and for their fans, so, I'm sure our fans will enjoy it and support us for the whole 90 minutes and we will try to make them happy, of course."