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Gary Pallister claims the ferocity of Manchester United's rivalry with Liverpool is something the Manchester derby may never match.

The rise of Manchester City in recent seasons has brought the competition United face for silverware much closer to home and added spice to their derby meetings.

But former United defender Pallister has no doubt the Liverpool fixture is still the most heated in the English game, even after a spell when both clubs have been underachieving.

United travel to Anfield for the season's first meeting of the two north-west giants on Monday.

"It's always a great game to look forward to. The Liverpool game is always the one everybody in Manchester looks for when the fixtures come out and it's no different now," Pallister said.

"Obviously we've got some neighbours who are taking a lot of the headlines but the Liverpool game is still the one. They're the two most successful clubs in the history of the game going head to head and it has that heated rivalry of two cites.

"That's always going to be there and it'll take a while for the City game to rival it, if ever."

Liverpool go into the game as favourites after an impressive start to the season and Pallister admits he does like the look of the Merseysiders under Jurgen Klopp.

He expects Wayne Rooney to be itching to start after being put on the bench for both United and England in recent weeks.

"I'm sure he'll be hurting from the criticism he's had and being left out of the United and national team," Pallister said.

"He'll be desperate to prove people wrong and regain his place. I'm sure it'll be a temptation for Jose (Mourinho) on Monday to maybe put him back in the side.:

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