Manchester United face Liverpool Vs Man. United match travel to Anfield after an unconvincing run of results before the international break, with shaky draws against Stoke and Basle in the UEFA Champions League followed by an unconvincing win over Norwich.
Liverpool by contrast are heading into the fixture following consecutive wins over Brighton, Wolves and Everton, and Kenny Dalglish's men will also be buoyed by the fact they crushed Man. United 3-1 in the corresponding fixture in March.
A win for Liverpool on Liverpool Vs Man. United match would take The Reds to within 3 points of United, who overtook Liverpool as the most successful club in English football history last season by clinching their 19th league title. Yet despite the invariably titanic nature of meetings between the two clubs, Dalglish insists he attaches no special importance to the fixture.
"People say Liverpool Vs Man. United is the biggest game of the season but I don't look at any game as being big or small," Dalglish stated. "It is another game, another 3 points for a win. The only difference this time is the fact that if we win we'll move a bit closer to them."
Dalglish, who may start captain Steven Gerrard for the first time this season, has played down the fact that Liverpool have a good recent record against United, winning their last 3 games at Anfield. "In this fixture last season, we got our reward for playing very well and won 3-1," Dalglish stated. "But we won't get anything on Saturday because of what we did the last time we faced off against them."
The pressure-cooker atmosphere may also see Wayne Rooney's temperament come under scrutiny once again following the striker's dismissal on England duty last week, a red-card which has seen him banned for all 3 matches in the UEFA EURO 2012 group stages.
Ferguson however is relaxed about Rooney's sending-off, insisting the England star had matured in recent years. "He has this fiery temper which, to my mind, isn't the worst thing in the world," Ferguson said.
"He has shown tremendous improvement in his temperament and his reactions to tackles and things over the past few years. As maturity comes along it brings other things. It brings responsibility. He's improving all the time."