Manchester United’s game against Liverpool on Monday might be a friendly on paper but the reality is that no game against the Scousers is ever friendly by nature.
After four wins from four against tough opposition in LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, United go into the game against Liverpool in high spirits thanks to the transformation of the side under Louis van Gaal.
One player who has reaped the rewards of that change is Ashley Young and the winger set the tone for what is likely to be a feisty and competitive game on Monday.
Losing the game on Monday won’t have too much of a negative influence in either side’s preparation ahead of the new season but winning it could make the world of difference, so both teams will be chasing the win.
Whatever happens, Monday is set to be an exciting end to what has been an enthralling fixture list.