Stephen Warnock has revealed he has just one Liverpool regret - he should have left sooner.
The Aston Villa full-back has been a revelation in the West Midlands this season after joining in the summer from Blackburn for a reported £8million.
Warnock, who was two-years-old when Villa last beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, will be hoping to celebrate his 28th birthday in style by helping to end that barren run against the champions.
The Ormskirk-born left-footer has spoken of his desire to book his place on the plane to South Africa for England ahead of the United clash.
But the versatile Villan reckons he would have more than the one Three Lions cap he currently owns had he left Merseyside sooner, where he began his career.
"My only regret about Liverpool is that I didn't leave earlier," Warnock, who left the Reds in 2007 for £1.5million, told The Guardian.
"I was in and out the team at Liverpool but I felt that I was capable of playing in the Premier League and I knew that if I went somewhere else I could get myself back into a top club."
England boss Fabio Capello is a regular visitor to Villa Park to run the rule over the six England internationals in Martin O'Neill's squad.
Warnock knows, however, he faces the toughest of challenges to dislodge Wayne Bridge as Ashley Cole's understudy in time for South Africa.
"It would mean everything to go to the World Cup but I'm not going to get carried away and start thinking about it," added the defender, whose only England cap came in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago 18 months ago.
"Obviously I want to play for longer. I want to win loads of caps but at least I can always say that I played for my country."