23 Oct 2009 - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has refuted suggestions that his side go into Sunday's trip to Liverpool with a point to prove after last season's defeats against the Merseysiders.
Rafa Benitez's side completed a double over their rivals that included a 4-1 hammering of the Red Devils at Old Trafford, but Ferguson thinks that has no bearing on Sunday's game.
"I don't see that we have a point to prove. Different games are shaped by circumstances of games," he explained to reporters at his Friday press conference.
"You can't look at last season as a barometer of our form or Liverpool's form. Derby games are derby games and anyone can win it.
"Strange things can happen. It has happened so many times."
Victory for United would mean a fifth straight defeat in all competitions for Liverpool, heaping more pressure on the shoulders of Benitez.
Ferguson couldn't care less about the Spaniard's plight, though.
He added: "I'm not interested in Liverpool," he added. "I'm only concerned about what we do on Sunday."
Meanwhile, Ferguson is also pleased that Edwin van der Sar is back between the sticks for United, as he rates the Dutchman as one of the finest keepers in world football.
"Ruud Gullit said he was the best in the world and got no argument from the rest of the [Sky Sports] panel," he asserted.
"His argument was quite right - look at his record over the years. His experience, his composure, his organisational ability - he really is a fantastic goalkeeper.
"He does make a difference to us."