Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has urged his players to keep their cool ahead of the clash against Liverpool on Sunday.
A number of Man United players have been sent off in the fixture down the years and Steven Gerrard was dismissed 38 seconds after coming on against van Gaal’s side at Anfield last season.
Van Gaal believes United need to be in “control” of their emotions over the course of the match.
“You can see it at the faces of the players. Last season for example, Gerrard is on and sent off within 30 seconds,” van Gaal said.
“That is not happening so much. We need to be aggressive, but also under control in these kind of matches. But that is always difficult, because the passion to play these kind of games is always high.”
United face a difficult task against Liverpool and going down to ten men would do them no favours whatsoever. Van Gaal will likely encourage his side to be much more patient and considered following the topsy turvy 3-3 draw against Newcastle United last time out.
However, if Liverpool come flying out of the traps it will be difficult to quieten what will be a hostile and charged atmosphere inside Anfield. The game promises to be an interesting one and United supporters will be desperate for their side to come out on top.