The Red Devils ace was having none of it when his team was compared to that of their bitter rivals.
Manchester United full-back Ashley Young has given a stern response when asked by a journalist whether he thought Liverpool were as much of a force as the Red Devils in world football.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges are vying for the Premier League title this season, jostling for first place alongside Manchester City, while Tottenham Hotspur are still very much in the running.
Though Man United have experienced a revival under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning 10 out of 11 games since succeeding Jose Mourinho in December, they remain 14 points behind the top two.
Young, who signed a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford earlier this week, spoke to L’Equipe about the current state of affairs at Old Trafford when the reporter asked him about the prospect of Liverpool now being as illustrious as them in terms of their standing at a global level.
“Pay attention to what you’re saying,” the 33-year-old told the French outlet. “There are other criteria to consider. For example, the popularity of Manchester United is just crazy.
“Whenever we do pre-season tours, whether in Asia or the United States, all the training sessions open to the public are crowded and there are fans around our hotel, at any time of the day or night. And it’s the same when I go on holiday: wherever you go around the world, you will find a United fan.”
Speaking of their standing in global football, Man United now turn their attentions to Europe as the former host Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in their Champions League last-16 first leg, while Liverpool host Bayern Munich at Anfield next week – crucial games against tough opponents in their quest for the big trophy.