Carragher predicts an ‘open game’ between Liverpool & Man United

ROME, ITALY - MAY 02: Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher is pictured prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between A.S. Roma and Liverpool at Stadio Olimpico on May 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher thinks that Manchester United’s new offensive tactics could open up more space for the Reds in Sunday’s showdown.

Last time the two sides met came in December at Anfield, where Liverpool emerged with a comfortable 3-1 win over United.

The match proved to be Jose Mourinho’s last one in charge of the Reds Devils with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since coming to turnaround their fortunes as caretaker manager.

And the Old Trafford icon has delivered beyond expectations with United winning 11 of their 13 games under Solskjaer to help them reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and break into the top four of the Premier League.

Now United will be looking to avenge their defeat to Liverpool in December in this Sunday’s league clash at Anfield.

But Carragher believes Solskjaer’s attacking philosophy could actually turn things Liverpool’s way instead.

“The way they are setting up now, they’re really attacking, on the front foot, exciting to watch,” Carragher told Viasport after watching Liverpool’s 0-0 Champions League draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

“Maybe that will give Liverpool more chance in terms of space at Old Trafford.

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“Whenever Mourinho’s teams played against Liverpool at Old Trafford there was very little space for [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah, they always found it really difficult in the last couple of years. So maybe that might change, maybe a more open game.”

“Liverpool’s record is really poor at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson left so that is something that has to change. If Liverpool could get a result there they have a big week, Watford then Everton.

“But Manchester United is the real big one, that’s the one where Man City expect Liverpool to drop points. If they get three points there it will be a little body blow to Manchester City.”

The league match on Sunday between United and Liverpool will begin at 3:05 PM (CET).


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