Carrick calls for calm as United head to Anfield
LONDON - Michael Carrick has pleaded with Manchester United fans to keep the peace when his side face bitter rivals Liverpool in an emotionally charged clash at Anfield this weekend.
United's visits to Liverpool are always potentially explosive given the animosity between supporters, but the build-up to this season's clash is especially tense as it is the club's first home game since the release of an explosive report into the Hillsborough tragedy.
The report cleared Liverpool fans of any blame for the deaths of 96 of their own supporters during crushing on the terraces before and during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium.
But United fans, who have often taunted their rivals about Hillsborough in the past, engaged in anti-Liverpool chants during last weekend's win over Wigan, raising fears they would do the same at Anfield and potentially spark serious crowd disorder.