Nemanja Vidic has asked both United and Liverpool fans to behave as both the teams will meet at Anfield on Sunday.
The match will be played at Anfield on Sunday following the publications of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s review of the disaster. The disaster had claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989. Liverpool fans were declared innocent after this.
Before the match, Gerrard and Vidic will release 96 red balloons to show solidarity.
Vidic has pleaded the fans to respect each other and give respect to the dead. He said, “Football is important, but it is never more important than life”.
“There is a lot of history with these two clubs,” Vidic told journalists after United’s Champions League victory on Wednesday night. “We have some history, some tragedies. They have as well.
“I think we should respect each other because we are big clubs who are respected around the world. We have to show an example, be on top of the bad situation and behave well.
“Football is important, but it is never more important than life,” he said. “After this game, everyone should be talking about the football, and that’s all. I hope that will be the case.”
Vidic also considers the fact that the players need to control their sentiments.
“It’s probably the biggest derby in the world and we have to show we are capable of keeping a good atmosphere and setting a good example. It’s important to not do any stupid things in the game, to go there and play football. It’s what we dream of – to play that derby and for it to be all about the football, not about the fighting or any other things.”