Any professional footballer who doesn't want to take on Manchester United should change jobs. United manager Alex Ferguson would surely say the same to any player of his who didn't relish the challenge of being part of the team that everyone wants, or should want, to beat.
So ignore any suggestion that the Manchester derby on Monday night didn't really matter, that it was essentially a dead rubber at the tail end of a strangely anti-climactic Premier League season.
Any match involving United always matters, or should, because it's the biggest fish in English football and they're the most fun to land.
The importance is double when United's opponent is Manchester City, or even triple now that City is a genuine threat to United's Premier League hegemony. The players in red and those in blue demonstrated that by going at each other like hammer and tongs at Old Trafford.
Contrary to expectations at the start of the season, this game proved not to be a Premier League title-decider. Ci...