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Fowler – United know they are “inferior” to Liverpool

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes United are scared of Liverpool because they know they are the “inferior” side.

Robbie Fowler has weighed in on the Manchester United vs Liverpool debate.

This is not just about one game, this is about history.

Liverpool has been out of the picture for some time and wants a return to the top, while United have seen a dramatic and rapid fall from grace.

Fowler feels Liverpool now has the upper hand and United are running scared.

In an interview with the Mirror, the Liverpool man thinks not only is Solskjaer and his team scared but legends like Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Nevile as well as the fans fear the outcome too.

He said:

“There is something ­different about this ­Manchester United v Liverpool clash.”

“Something significant, ­something worrying for every United fan.”

“If I can borrow a phrase from Gary Neville, it feels a tiny bit like The Dog & Duck.”

“By that, I mean simply that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team go into the game knowing they are an inferior side.”

“He knows it, his players know it. ‘As a professional, you just know.”

“You know when an ­opponent is quality and better than you. I’m not saying that means they’ll inevitably win.”

“But you still know.”

“Even in the 80s when Liverpool were the ones winning ­everything, no Bryan Robson side thought they were inferior.”

“I’ll bet Sir Alex Ferguson (along with Gary Neville) will be watching with an impending sense of fear and horror.”

Even if the result is in Liverpool’s favour, and moves his former side back towards the place they crave to be, he hopes his side don’t go over the top.

he feels beating United pales in significance to the bigger picture.

He added:

“On one occasion we went to Old Trafford in December 2000, they hadn’t lost at home for two years and we beat them, with a Danny Murphy free-kick.”

“At the end, some of the lads went a bit crazy, celebrated wildly, but I didn’t, just clapped the fans and got off the pitch.”

“The next day, Gerard Houllier called me into his office.”

“He had a bit of a go at me, wanted to know why I didn’t join in with the team, didn’t join in with the ‘spirit’ of the ­occasion. “Because it was ­embarrassing,” I said.”

“We are Liverpool. Beating Manchester United isn’t a huge achievement.”

“That’s what little clubs do… we’re not a little club. We don’t celebrate like we’ve just won the league simply ­because we beat them.”

“He accepted my point ­eventually.”

“There were reasons we didn’t win the league, but we were a damn good side, who could match any team, and went into every game, even against United, believing that.”

“If they do win [tomorrow], as the bookies ­overwhelmingly suggest they will, then I’d be gutted if I saw them celebrating wildly.”

Perhaps the most decisive factor in United’s current plight is the mere fact that sides don’t fear United and don’t fear going to Old Trafford anymore.

Manchester United need to rediscover the fear factor if they are to rise again.

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31 Mar 2001: Robbie Fowler of Liverpool celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against Manchester United played at Anfield, in Liverpool, England. Liverpool won the match 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Michael Steele /Allsport