Mata and Herrera ready for Liverpool

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Manchester United midfielders Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are looking forward to the showdown against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The two Spaniards are aware of how important the rivalry is to English football, and Mata will be hoping for a repeat of last season, when he scored in the corresponding fixture and got a brace in the following victory at Anfield.

"You cannot know it if you don't live it from the inside," Mata told United Review. "I knew when I came to England that United-Liverpool was one of the biggest games, but when you are inside it and part of it, you realise it is the biggest.

"The history of both clubs, the rivalry… you can feel it from the start of the week before the game, it's unbelievable. When we won 3-0 and also won at Anfield, it's something the people never forget, so it's always a massive game for us.

"People I meet in the street always remember that game and it's something that will always be there for me. The week after it, every day at the training ground everyone came up to me and congratulated me and you could feel that for all the staff at United and for every supporter around the world, that game was something special."

"I am ready to play if the manager wants me to play against Liverpool," Herrera told MUTV, having started both of United's previous two matches. "I've trained very well and I keep improving my fitness.

"I think it's good for us that we had the experience of last season when we beat them. I think we were much better than them in both games but they are Liverpool and they are a good team with very good players."