Forget geography… it’s all about history: Liverpool still Manchester United’s main rivals not City, insists Paul Scholes

By Chris Bailey

Passing maestro Paul Scholes believes Liverpool still top Manchester United’s most wanted list – despite Manchester City’s rise to power.

The Merseysiders journey across the M62 for their 187th clash with the Red Devils this Sunday, hunting revenge for their 2-1 defeat at Anfield earlier in the season.

And while City are United’s closest neighbours, Scholes insists it is the matches against Liverpool which always get the blood pumping.

“Whether Manchester City have overtaken Liverpool now as our biggest rivals, I don’t know,” said the Salford-born midfielder. “It’ll probably take years for City to create what Liverpool have done.

“But Liverpool historically are our biggest rivals, they’re always the biggest games and the best atmospheres. But I’m sure City will run them close.”

If not for changing his mind on retiring last year, Scholes would be watching from the stands.

He has no regrets about returning to the fold – already adding 37 appearances and five goals to the Old Trafford record books – even though last season’s title challenge fell short on the final day.

“I just wanted to come back playing, and I’m glad I did,” said the 38-year-old.

“At the time there were a lot of injuries and I thought maybe I could help, so I tried to.

“The second half of last season I played quite often. Unfortunately we just fell short of winning the league; that was disappointing, but I’m glad I came back.”

Picture courtesy of Saadick Dhansy, with thanks

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