Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says the club are driven by their desire to stop Liverpool equalling their record of 20 league titles.
The Red devils have one more crown than their huge rivals as they go into Sunday’s big Premier League clash at Anfield.
The Portuguese midfielder said: “You don’t want your rivals at the same level as you, or with the same amount of trophies as you.
“So it’s clear for everyone here at the club and in the dressing room, everyone knows what it means for the supporters. “It would be a lot more fun with 21 titles and Liverpool still on 19, of course.”
Fernandes has been named as the Premier League player of the month for the fourth time in a single calendar year, and this is the first time that has happened.
It shows the kind of impact he has had on the club. The player has helped United to a three-point lead at the top of the table ahead of the meeting with Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow.
He has scored 27 goals since joining United from Sporting Lisbon in January but 15 of them have been penalties and Jurgen Klopp has questioned why United get so many spot-kick.
Fernandes could not care less about the Liverpool manager’s comments. He said: “I don’t care, honestly. You always see what people say but I really don’t care.
“I’m not focused on what they are saying. I played in Portugal and when you play for Sporting, Benfica and Porto are always talking about that kind of stuff – sometimes to put pressure on the referee, sometimes just to make some noise in the press.
“But, for me, the main point is when we have a penalty, if I go to take the ball to the penalty spot, I have to do my job. “It is what it is. People can talk and say what they want.
“But, for me and the team, the main point is continuing to do the right things and when we get a penalty, just scoring.”