Feyenoord captain, and former Liverpool forward, Dirk Kuyt says all the pressure is on Manchester United for their meeting in the Europa League.
Kuyt, 36, played for Liverpool between 2006-2012, and is hoping to get another memorable night against his former rivals as Feyenoord welcomes United to De Kuip on Thursday to open up Europa League play. United is the big favorite to take win the tournament.
“I played there for six years and for me it was one of the biggest games of the season so now to play again against Manchester United is great,” Kuyt said.
“It’s a great chance, not only for me but for Feyenoord, for the team, we have a young team.
“It’s good experience for them and a great game to play, so we’re really looking forward to it.
“I have great memories of playing against United. We won a couple of games, I scored a hat-trick at Anfield, but I also remember a couple of games at Old Trafford, playing with Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.
“I can remember a late goal of mine in the FA Cup, so great memories and hopefully tomorrow [Thursday] will be another great day to remember.”
Kuyt said it’s clear that there’s a lot of pressure on United to perform with Jose Mourinho coming in as manager and the signings of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I think they are under enormous pressure, because everyone wants them to win the league,” Kuyt said.
“Everyone can see what it did to the team when they lost to City at the weekend, already there is more pressure on the team, although the teams in the Premier League have difficulties in challenging the teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
“For me, the Premier League is still the toughest league in the world, so it’s great to watch.
“Of course I try to watch Liverpool every week, and all of the teams, and for me Manchester United is a contender to win the league this season, but there are a few more.”