Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is demanding better from his players at Liverpool next week. Liverpool have been difficult opponents to overcome in recent seasons though, with Dirk Kuyt bagging a hat-trick in last term's corresponding fixture.

"We have been poor there of late," said Ferguson.

"On a couple of occasions we have been out-fought by them, which is disappointing. The atmosphere plays a part. Every time we go there it is as if it's the biggest game of the century."