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Manchester United and Liverpool hero Paul Ince says clashes between the clubs is the best there is in football.

The Notts County manager is looking forward to tomorrow’s powderkeg at Anfield.

“What makes it special? I think it’s the rivalry between the fans…the history,” he said in a League Managers Association interview. “Liverpool probably conquered the Eighties winning title after title and European Cups. Then Manchester United came along in the Nineties and now it is 18 titles apiece.

“But the last thing Liverpool want is Manchester United to win the title. That’s the rivalry between the clubs and the history that is steeped in the clubs. The games are fantastic occasions, they really are, the football and the tackles that are flying in makes it a great game to be involved in.

“These games mean so much to both teams and so much to the cities. Sometimes meeting up with Arsenal and Chelsea is big, but the biggest one for United is meeting up with Liverpool. That just shows what a big game it is. On match day, first of all it’s about winning your personal battles and you have to visualise who you are up against and know what type of player he is. You have to make sure that you win your battles on the day.

“In those games if you have seven or eight players winning those one-on-one battles, nine times out of 10 you win the game.

“Obviously whoever wins the game gives their fans the bragging rights up to the next encounter. There is a lot to play for.”

Ince recalls a couple of favourite memories, from either side of the East Lancs Road divide.

“I scored against Liverpool for Man United at Old Trafford with a header,” he said.

“And I scored at the Kop end for Liverpool against United to make it 2-2. I’ve had some great moments and great times. They are both fantastic clubs with fantastic fans.”

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