Sir Alex Ferguson feels lucky of not having to face Klopp's Liverpool
Manchester United play hosts Liverpool on Sunday in what could be the 'game of the season.' However, forever great, Manchester United ex-boss Sir Alex Ferguson had something to comment on the possibilities that we could witness on Sunday.
Sir Alex helped Manchester United win 13 Premier League titles during his hugely successful 27-year reign at Old Trafford, succeeding in his promise of 'knocking Liverpool off their perch' as England's greatest football club.
However, since the Scotsman retired in 2013, Manchester United haven't won a Premier League trophy, while their rivals Liverpool ended their three-decade wait to lay their hands on the Premier League title.
Liverpool were triumphant in the Champions League too in the 2018-19 season, in the season they finished second, just a point behind Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
Sir Alex Ferguson was pretty vocal about his admiration for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his work with the club over the past few years. Sir Alex also joked about how he is fortunate or glad to have retired so he does not have to play against Klopp's Liverpool.
He said, "I've always considered the Manchester United and Liverpool derby the game of the season. Quite simply, they are the two most successful teams in Britain when you add up all the trophies they've won together."
"It's obvious that you have to beat Liverpool to win anything. It's similar to when I was at Aberdeen, you had to beat Rangers and Celtic to win anything and you can add a mental attitude to that. In reality, it is the game. Liverpool's success over the 70s and 80s was phenomenal."
He then went on to say how lucky he was that the long road he chose turned out to be the best years in the history of Manchester United. "Now I've retired, and thank goodness I've retired actually when I see Liverpool's performance over the last two seasons, they've been phenomenal. I've great respect for Liverpool, I always have."
Sir Alex also spoke about how he missed signing Jordan Henderson and clarified some of the statements regarding the Liverpool skipper.
"The actual story was we were ready to make a bid for him at Sunderland. I spoke to Steve Bruce. Our scouting and medical department said they weren't happy with his running style. They said he could be the type to get injuries. I had to make sure players would always be available. But we loved Jordan as a player. He has proved that now. All the stories I hear about him tell me that I missed out on a really good person."