Paul Scholes believes the naked hatred that exists between fans of Manchester United and Liverpool will ensure the rivalry between the north west clubs never dies.
The intensity of the battles has endured even though United went 26 years without winning the league at a time when Liverpool were in their pomp.
Now the roles are reversed as Liverpool enter their third decade without a title, during which time United have moved level with their record 18 championships.
Yet at Old Trafford there will be no sense of inferiority from either side as what Sir Alex Ferguson describes as the Premier League fixture gets under way.
"You can't get away from the fact that both teams don't really like each other," said the midfield star.
"We are both desperate to win and I don't think that will ever change."