Last updated : 07 January 2003 By editor
From the Sun

"There is no guarantee they will win anything this year.They will be a big threat and it will be harder for us than going to Aston Villa in the FA Cup.But United's standards were so high and you can't keep that going year after year. It's impossible.”

"I can't put my finger on it but our performances have improved and they are not the Manchester United they were two or three years ago, even though they have come back in recent times and look a threat for the championship again.”

"We will go there with no fear and, hopefully, catch them on an average day. Three or four years ago, it would have been a lot tougher for us and we're certainly confident we can get a result."

Souness insisted:

"I don't want to pull their tail or make them angry. With the quality they have there, on any given day they can drub anyone at Old Trafford. United have a duty to play a certain way and they do it with great style.They will come after us and we will be on the back foot for most of the game. You have to try to make sure they don't get their claws and teeth into your neck, and it will be a real test."