Torres geared up for Man United test

BY foxsports • September 15, 2010

Fernando Torres says he recognises the importance of Liverpool's rivalry with Manchester United.

The two old rivals clash on Sunday and Torres says he knows just what it means.

And with Liverpool having made an indifferent start to the new season - winning just one match from their first four games - Torres knows the fans will be expecting something from Old Trafford at the weekend.

"It means everything to them [the fans]," said the Spanish striker.

"We are the two most successful teams in England but it has not been nice for the Liverpool fans to watch Manchester United have so much success over the recent years.

"We have a great squad and a great manager, and we really hope to give the fans a trophy this season, as well as beating Manchester United for them.

"The Liverpool fans are great, when you play well they are behind you and when you are not playing the best they are still behind you.

"I walk my dogs round the city, and before matches like Manchester United the fans will tell you good luck and things like that. It's clear how much the Manchester United games means to them."

Liverpool won at Old Trafford in 2009 when they claimed a 4-1 success and Torres would love a repeat.

"Nobody ever really wins at Old Trafford and beating Manchester United 4-1 on their own ground is practically unheard of, to this day I think that has to be one of my favourite days wearing the Liverpool shirt."

United come into the game having been held at home by Rangers in their opening UEFA Champions League group game, but Torres is still expecting them to perform and he has singled out Wayne Rooney as their biggest threat.

"They [United] have some amazing players, but I think Wayne Rooney is their stand out player," said Torres.

"Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have had great starts to the season though, and if they were still in the 20s then I don't think my decision would be quite so easy.

"I really like Wayne Rooney, I think he is a great player and a funny guy, so we usually have a little chat at the end of the game."