First time in my life – Milner supporting United in Manchester derby

James Milner will not watch the Manchester derby, but he hopes United can do Liverpool a favour.

James Milner has played for United's traditional rivals Leeds United, Manchester City and now Liverpool.   -  Getty Images

Liverpool midfielder James Milner will be supporting Manchester United for the first time, but he will avoid watching its clash against City.

Wednesday's Manchester derby shapes as being vital in the Premier League title race, with Jurgen Klopp's men two points clear at the top but City holding a game in hand.

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Milner, a former City and Leeds United midfielder, said he would be supporting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

"First time in my life," he said.

"But I won't be watching. It's a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal.

"I can't do anything about it. I'll maybe put my phone away for a few hours and check it after. I've no idea what I'll do, maybe go out for some food."

With three games left, Liverpool is up to 88 points and could finish the campaign with 97 but still not win a first league title since 1990.

While Liverpool has matches against Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Wolves left, Manchester City will meet Burnley, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion after the derby.

"There's three games left after that [derby]. People think United is a challenge, but it's not the only one," Milner said.

"It's an old cliche, but the Premier League is tough – whoever you play, teams battling at the bottom."

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