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Ferguson happy to win ugly

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says he will gladly "win ugly" when old rivals Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers' side lie 21 points adrift of Ferguson's league leaders but the Scot expects a tight contest in front of the Sky cameras.

"Derby games are very tricky affairs, they always have been," Ferguson told the club's official website.

"I'm quite happy to play badly and win this one.

"Last year we outplayed them in the FA Cup game at Anfield and lost 2-1. You sit there at the end of the game and say to yourself: 'How did that happen?'.

"Derby games are like that, although hopefully this time we play well and win. With the form we're in, we're going into it in the right frame of mind. But Liverpool will always be difficult to beat."

United have won seven of the last eight league meetings at Old Trafford.