And Ferdinand does not believe that the club, who are now sixth in the Premier League, 16 points behind Liverpool, are genuine contenders in Europe.
One positive for Mourinho is that United are coming into the game off the back of a victory in the Premier League a resounding 4-1 win against a struggling Fulham side.
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"And it's not that the two sides have been coming into a derby like this with contrasting form, that's happened a lot". Rarely do you see him smile and he cuts a distant, lonely figure. I remember when I was working with Gerard Houllier at Liverpool and we found a way of playing against United, so we stuck with it at home and away and we had great success.
"City are so good that you can not let them dictate the game".
The Liverpool boss was also cheekily asked whether he would like to manage the France global after several pundits suggested he or Pep Guardiola would get more out of the 25-year-old.
Mourinho's men had just one shot on target last October and that lack of goal threat from United has been apparent against their key rivals since the former Chelsea manager took over.
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The 20-time English champions also spent big in January by handing Alexis Sanchez reportedly the most lucrative contract in Premier League history, but the Chilean, who will miss Sunday's clash through injury, has scored just once this season.
"To say we want to win, everyone can say that but another thing is to say the potential in a way you have but I think Jurgen said already they want to win the Premier League, that is their objective".
"Gomez has been at Liverpool for a long time, he knows Klopp's system, he knows the philosophy of football they wanna play". I'm sure Mourinho knows what he's doing and, at the end, I don't care that much about what United are doing really.
Liverpool are trading at [1.57] to take three points here, and that's not a price I can get over the line with.
United have a decent recent record against their bitter rivals having not lost in five but Mourinho was heavily criticised for a negative approach in last season's goalless draw at Anfield.
I'm pleasantly surprised to see Under 2.5 Goals trading at [2.3], so that's my wager.
"Now we have two centre-halves left".
"If they don't do that, I will be happy with that".