The clash between Liverpool and Manchester United remains e biggest game in English football, according to goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Spanish shot-stopper will reclaim his position in United’s starting line-up after Sergio Romero played in United’s FA Cup win at Chelsea.
De Gea who is experienced in derby games having featured in the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real believes that United versus Liverpool in England is the most keenly contested tie.
“It’s the biggest game in England,” De Gea told the club’s programme United Review and cited on Sky.
“It’s a very special game, for the fans, the club, and the players and, above all, when it’s at Old Trafford, it’s always even more of an occasion. It’s just a massive game
“We aim to enjoy and, of course, we’ll be trying our best to win it!”
De Gea says he was aware of the magnitude of Sunday’s fixture even during his time in Spain.
“When I was in Spain, you always used to hear talk of the big rivalry and the huge game, or Clásico, between Manchester United and Liverpool,” he said.
“You have two very big clubs, and it’s a game to really savour.”
This man has kept 99 clean sheets in the Premier League. If he manages to get 100, he’ll be the 15th different goalkeeper to do so and the 7th for the same club.
— TJ (@UtdTalha) February 23, 2019
De Gea will be aiming to deny Mo Salah from scoring his first league goal against United and possibly goal number 50 that would make him the fastest player to attain that figure.
“You don’t just focus on the one player,” he added.
“They have got a good side with some good players individually. You prepare like you would for any other game, knowing that you are up against a very good side with some top players.”