Manchester United were in pole position to sign much versatile Emre Can from Bayer Leverkuson till David Moyes was in charge. In the reports coming out from Germany today it is understood that Moyes had earmarked Emre Can to be the long-term defensive solution at Old Trafford.

Moyes, however was not given the chance to complete the deal after being fired with just 10 months in charge. The chaos at United gave Brendan Rodgers the chance to move in and sign the talented German defensive midfield player, who has gone on to become Liverpool’s rock at the back.

Emre Can will be a Liverpool player when Manchester United visit Anfield this Sunday to write a new chapter in the long history of rivalry between the two clubs.

Can is well aware of the importance this game carries for the both sets of supporters. The German recalls his experience from the Bundesliga and tries to compare the Liverpool-United derby to Dortmund-Schalke game which is equally feisty.

The German said: “I know this game is a derby. In Germany, the equivalent is probably Dortmund-Schalke, which is very intense.

 “And yes, I am well aware that United will be a tough game, and I know a bit about the rivalry. It will be a difficult game against Manchester United because it is a derby but we want the three points.”

After a slow start to his Liverpool career, Emre Can is now the mainstay of Liverpool’s 2-men defence and seeing his progress, United must be thinking of what could have happened, had Can signed for the red devils given United’s fragility at the back.