Juan Mata: There is no rivalry quite like Liverpool vs Manchester United

The Spain international said he was confident of a positive result if they approached the game in the right way

Juan Mata
Juan Mata says he's confident of a positive result against Liverpool at Anfield Reuters

Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata insists there is no game in football like United against Liverpool ahead of their meeting on Saturday.

United go to Anfield on Saturday unbeaten so far in the Premier League, while Liverpool have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

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Mata has fond memories of Anfield, having scored twice in a 2-1 win there in the 2014/15 season, including a spectacular scissor kick. And the Spaniard admits he is feeling the buzz ahead of Saturday's game, and says he still gets regularly reminded about his contribution to that win in 2015.

Asked if it is United's biggest game, Mata said, according to Sky Sports: "I believe so, since I came here I always knew the rivalry was big over the years. Everyone in the training ground, fans in the street, they remind you that Liverpool is the game.

"There is no game like this. Through the history there have been great games, big rivalries, and it is a special game to play in, and we feel very lucky to have the chance to play in these games."

"The view from Spain I think is that all of the big Premier League games are viewed similarly. Once you are in England you realise United v Liverpool stands out."

"I have pretty good memories from our games against Liverpool. Every United supporter even now, after a few years, remind me of that goal. When you play for United and score at Anfield and win the game, it stays in peoples' minds."

Jose Mourinho's side will go to the Merseyside with some key absentees by the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba, and are sure to experience an intense atmosphere at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, but Mata says his side can control the emotions of the crowd if they approach the game in the correct way against Jurgen Klopp's adventurous side.

"It's tough. It's a tough atmosphere. Obviously, the stadium is full of supporters wanting their team to go over us and win. That's what makes football special. Not speaking about violence at all, but about the atmosphere. You have to have personality to play in these games."

"If we manage to impose ourselves in the game to control the emotions from the crowd, and play good football, I think we have a chance to win."