By Graeme Yorke
David Moyes is braced for a hot reception at Anfield as the former Everton manager makes his return to Liverpool as Manchester United boss.
Moyes will get his first taste of the intense rivalry between two of English football's heavyweight clubs when United travel to Anfield for the lunchtime kick-off on Sunday.
And speaking ahead of the eagerly-awaited Premier League clash, Moyes admitted he's likely to endure a feisty response from the Liverpool supporters but is looking forward to the challenge.
Suited and booted: David Moyes is braced for a hot reception from Liverpool fans on Sunday
'Everybody tells me about the big rivalry between Liverpool and United and it was certainly there when I was at Everton as well,' said Moyes who never won at Anfield during his 11-year tenure as Everton manager.
'I would think I'll get as good a reception as I did with Everton. It has always been a difficult place to go, but I am looking forward to going back there.'
Moyes has revealed Wayne Rooney is 'mentally in good shape' ahead of Sunday's trip to Liverpool.
Rooney completed his first game of the season against Chelsea on Monday, after which he thanked the United fans for their support.
United they stand: Moyes has revealed United striker Wayne Rooney is 'mentally in good shape'
Since then, Chelsea have signed Samuel Eto'o, which seems to have ended any chance of Rooney leaving for Stamford Bridge ahead of the transfer window closing on Monday night.
And now he is preparing for one of United's biggest games of the season. 'Wayne Rooney has been a great player for many years for Manchester United,' said Moyes.
'I felt he played very well the other night and he's looking in good condition and is mentally in good shape too.'
Moyes declined to enter into further discussion on Rooney, preferring instead to underline the stance United have taken throughout the summer.
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'We told you and everybody else from day one so I don't think there's anything else to add today,' he said. Moyes was no more forthcoming on United's pursuit of new players.
The club have had another bid rejected by Everton for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines this week. When asked about the pair, whom he knows so well from their time together at Everton, Moyes' response was: 'I wouldn't tell you.'
But with speculation also surrounding Ander Herrera, Daniele De Rossi, and even Kaka, who has been told he can leave Real Madrid, it promises to be the busiest countdown to a transfer window closing since Sir Alex Ferguson paid a club record 30.75million to sign Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
'I don't know how busy it's going to be but it's a busy football market,' said Moyes. 'It might be busy in the next few days and I hope we do a little bit of business but I couldn't guarantee that.'
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Liverpool are planning to mark what would have been Bill Shankly's 100th birthday, with Moyes now following a long list of great Scottish managers.
'Bill Shankly comes into the category of greats like Jock Stein, Matt Busby and Sir Alex (Ferguson).
'He's in that group from the point of view that he's one of the greatest managers and rightly should be respected.'
With maximum points from their opening two games, Liverpool currently have a slender advantage over their long-standing rivals. And Moyes knows himself how much progress the Anfield outfit are making under Brendan Rodgers.
'I think Brendan is building his team and changing things around to the way he wants it to be,' said Moyes. 'Liverpool have always been a great football club challenging for trophies.
'This is no different to any other game in that you can only get three points for a win but it'd be a big win if we can get it because Liverpool are one of the strong teams this season.'