Manchester United are set to face Liverpool at Old Trafford this weekend, and a former Premier League manager has given his verdict on the contest
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told that Manchester United are “tailor made” for Liverpool ahead of their eagerly awaited Premier League clash on Sunday at Old Trafford.
United have been unconvincing of late but managed to come from behind again in the Champions League on Wednesday to beat Atalanta 3-2, thanks to a late winner from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool remain unbeaten this season and come into the clash off the back of a 3-2 victory against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in midweek.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently second and one point behind league leaders Chelsea with 18 points, while United are down in sixth with 14.
And while former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood believes Solskjaer is capable of pulling off a result when he desperately needs one, the pundit thinks Liverpool will pose too much of an attacking threat for United to handle given their defensive vulnerabilities.
“Man Utd’s threat is when a team come onto them,” Sherwood told The Kelly & Wrighty Show. “I think Liverpool will be coming onto them.
“They’ve shown that they can pull some difficult results out when they need to, against Man City… a couple of times last year.
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“When Ole [Solskjaer] absolutely needs a result he seems to find one. I don’t know how, but the individuals turn up. None more so than the man who scored the winner late on again last night… Ronaldo.
“I think he will not leave him out again. I think Ronaldo will play until he tells him [Solskjaer] he needs a rest. So he will play. You can’t rule out him turning up in this big game. I agree with Wrighty [Ian Wright], I think that on the face of it, they [Man Utd] are tailor made for Liverpool.
“You know I think Liverpool have too much attacking threat. I’m not sure Man Utd are too defensively solid at the moment and certainly in the midfield there is gaping holes. There’s no cohesion there.
“When one goes to press, the other goes in isolation. I’m just not sure they go in together. The principles of what Ole’s telling them, they are just not listening to, or there is no understanding at the moment.
“I just think results wise yes it was a great result last night, but if that was Liverpool last night… forget Liverpool’s result against Atletico Madrid, even though that was a decent result, I think that flattered them a little bit. Even when they go down to ten men Atletico.
“Liverpool would have been out of touch last night. Three of four up by half-time, and the games gone then. Not two.”
United have won just one of their last ten Premier League meetings with Liverpool, while Klopp’s side will be looking to secure consecutive league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since January 2002 following their 4-2 win in May.
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