Sir Alex Ferguson insists form will play no part in what he deems Manchester United's biggest fixture on Sunday - a clash with Liverpool.
Ferguson's men are top of the Barclays Premier League and well on course for a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. In contrast Liverpool are lurching towards a crisis after a run of four successive defeats which has left them struggling to maintain interest in both competitions.
Ferguson said: "Manchester United and Liverpool games, as I have said many times, are without question massive games. That will never change. You can't look at last season as a barometer of our form or Liverpool's form. Derby games are derby games and anyone can win it."
He continued: "It is the kind of game when I came to the club 23 years ago, I thought 'Yeah'.
"In my first derby game with them I got a complete sense of the history of both teams and it hasn't changed. It is still a massive game. It is the game as far as I am concerned, that won't change.
"We are going in in decent form, there is good confidence in our play, but it is a derby game and anything can happen in derby games. Going to Anfield at any time is a hard game."
Victory for United would add considerably to the growing pressure on Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.
Yet Ferguson, subject of a remarkable attack from Benitez last season, is quick to point out that is no concern of his.
"I'm not interested in Liverpool," the 67-year-old said. "I'm only concerned about what we do on Sunday."
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