Liverpool’s new in-form left-back James Milner has revealed his dislike of the Red side of Manchester, claiming that it’s all to do with his upbringing as a Leeds United fan.
Since Milner left Leeds, he had gone on and played for Manchester United’s two biggest rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool. Stating that he’s been brought up not to like the red half of Manchester. This alone would mean he won’t get a good reception from the Old Trafford faithful when the meet tomorrow.
“I was brought up in Leeds as a Leeds fan and you’re brought up not to like the red half of Manchester, that’s the way it is,” he told Liverpool’s official site.
“I’m sure they feel the same about me!”
“It’s just part of being a Leeds fan and then playing for the clubs I have as well, it’s similar.”
“It’s important then that you don’t think like a fan when you’re on the field, obviously.”
“[You show] that passion and you’re desperate to win but that’s when you can get caught up in the emotion and get sent off or lose your head.”
“You fall into a player’s mentality but you still have that passion to want to go and win the game.”
Milner played in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford where Mourinho parked the bus to deny Liverpool a famous win. However there have been a few games since then and both teams have gone on a good run. United and Mourinho have now found their feet and Pogba has (unfortunately) settled in.
“With them changing the manager [over the summer], they’ll be getting more into his style of play and how he wants them to play.”
“I think it’ll be a completely different game but it’s important we stick to how we want to play.”
“That was the first game this year where we were maybe a bit slow in getting into our rhythm of how we want to play.”
“That hasn’t happened too many times this year. Last year we struggled for that consistency but I think [it’s been] a big improvement this year – we’ve hit that level and played like we want to play in the majority of games.”
“If we can continue doing what we’ve been doing over this recent period, we’ve got a good chance of taking all three points.”