Veteran Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes admits the fear of losing to Liverpool drives them on when the two sides meet.
The two most successful clubs in the English game clash at Old Trafford on Sunday, a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1, with neither side in consistent form.
United are unbeaten but have drawn three of their last four games against Fulham, Everton and Rangers while Liverpool have already slipped well off the pace in the Premier League.
Scholes, who has been in tremendous form for United, admits the hatred between the North West rivals is as strong as ever, and he is keen to get back to winning ways against their old foes.
"You can't get away from the fact that both teams don't really like each other," said Scholes.
"We are both desperate to win and I don't think that will ever change. But you fear losing at this club, and against Liverpool in particular, so hopefully we can get the right result.
"This game always matters but after the disappointments at Everton and Fulham we need the right result because we have already dropped four points and then we drew again on Tuesday against Rangers."
Liverpool have won only one of their last six Premier League North West derbies away from home but that win will live long in the memory of Reds fans.
Rafa Benitez's men triumphed 4-1 in 2009 at Old Trafford but failed to go on and win the title and their former boss has since been replaced with Roy Hodgson.
United were crowned champions that campaign and Scholes is hoping for a similar score in their favour this time around.
"That was a bigger fixture because they were doing well. They came to Old Trafford and beat us," said Scholes.
"Liverpool did not have a great season last year but whenever you play them it is still a massive game. The rivalry is huge and it is good to beat them."
At 35, in-form Scholes continues to play at the highest level and has earned plaudits up and down the country for his inspirational displays but the former England international remains as modest as ever.
He said of the plaudits: "It is nice for people to say positive things but I just put it to one side and concentrate on the next game."
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