James Milner has said he will become a Manchester United fan for the first time in the hope they can aid Liverpool’s bid to win the Premier League title.
The versatile veteran has played for three of United’s fiercest rivals – Leeds, Manchester City and Liverpool – in the course of a 17-year career and more than 600 senior matches.
But the 33-year-old former England international would be delighted if United did Liverpool a favour in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Wednesday’s match is City’s game in hand over leaders Liverpool and victory would see the reigning champions go one point clear at the summit with three matches remaining.
“First time in my life,” Milner said when asked about his support for United this week.
“But I won’t be watching. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal.”
Liverpool have not won the domestic title in the Premier League era and were last crowned champions of England when they lifted the old First Division trophy back in 1990.
But they maintained their effort to end that barren run with a 2-0 win away to Cardiff on Sunday secured by Milner’s late penalty – his seventh goal this season.