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United are feeling the heat: Riera

Published 24/03/2009

Liverpool winger Albert Riera reckons Manchester United are showing signs of pressure as the title-race hots up.

Riera scored his fifth goal since moving to Anfield from Espanyol in August in the 5-0 rout of Aston Villa on Sunday, with boss Rafael Benitez singling him out for special praise.

Benitez said: "Riera has had his up-and-down moments since joining the club, but his form has improved.

"He is now showing the consistency you need to perform in the Premier League."

And Riera believes United are starting to show signs of cracking, and he says: "After the game against United last week when we won at Old Trafford, we showed them that we are still fighting and that we will be until the very end.

"Now after winning against Villa and with United losing (at Fulham) I think that they can feel us near to them.

"There are a lot of matches to be played in the Premier League and the Champions League and there will be a lot of pressure and I believe that they can feel this."

Riera believes Liverpool are showing that they can handle the pressure better.

He said: "It was a great performance from everybody in the team and the most important thing is that we had to win, and we did."

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