By Amir Mir
Gary Neville claims influencing referees is part of big games, revealing Liverpool to be a side who put pressure on the official in big matches.
The north-west rivals meet at Anfield in what is expected to be a hostile and highly charged atmosphere for the visitors.
Former United right-back Neville has played in a countless number of clashes against the Merseyside club and has experienced both ends of the spectrum.
Now a Sky Sports pundit, Neville feels it was paramount to try and put pressure on referees in big games to make those big decisions.
“Part of the big games is influencing the referee,” Neville told Sky Sports. “You had to. Arsenal did it, Liverpool did it, we did it. Other clubs like Chelsea did it and I genuinely believe you could influence them.
“Not in a way that makes them a cheat or dishonest, no, but just that the pressure of being in Anfield or Old Trafford with that weight, it’s not easy.”
The Reds will be looking to earn the first bragging rights on Monday night, with their opponents winning the last four league fixtures, most recently a 1-0 win at Anfield in January.
However, those victories were under the stewardship of Louis Van Gaal, who has since been replaced in the Old Trafford dugout by Jose Mourinho.
The three-time Premier League winner will take on Jurgen Klopp at Anfield on Monday, with the Merseyside club in red-hot form.
Klopp’s men are fourth in the league table with 16 points from seven games, while their opponents are sixth with 13 points going into this weekend fixtures.
In other Liverpool team news, Michael Owen has given his verdict ahead of the north-west clash between the Reds and United.