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Leverkusen's Hyypia heads back to Man Utd's Old Trafford with good memories

Sami Hyypia recalls the last time he was at Old Trafford was a very positive result for he and his then-Liverpool teammates.

The former Finnish defender played his final match for the Reds against Manchester United in a 4-1 victory at the Theatre of Dreams back in 2009, giving him an optimistic feeling as he prepares his Bayer Leverkusen side for Tuesday's Champions League clash with United at the same venue.

"That was my last 90 minutes in a Liverpool shirt and we managed to win 4-1. So yeah, that's a good memory," the Bayer boss told the Daily Mail.

"I wasn't supposed to start. Alvaro Arbeloa got injured in the warm-up. I don't know what kind of reception I will get from the Man United fans, but for me it's great to go back. It's my first Champions League game as a coach and what better place to do it than Old Trafford?

"We have some players who will be playing their first Champions League game. I don't have to motivate anybody, that's for sure.

"But I think I have to use my experience that it's another football match, nothing else.

"Yes, it's Old Trafford and its Man United, this team that has won everything but, you know, it's only a football game. Everybody has to be calm and self-confident and do their stuff and then we will see what happens."

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