Former club legend Paul Scholes has backed Liverpool to get one over his old club when the two English giants face each other in tonight’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
Scholes often outspoken in recent years has stated that Manchester United lack ‘identity’ under controversial new manager Jose Mourinho. It is for this reason why he feels that United’s fierce rival Liverpool have the upper hand.
Liverpool currently sit three points above Manchester United in the table and have caught the eye with some big wins at Arsenal, Chelsea and last seasons champions Leicester City. Meanwhile Manchester United were comprehensively beaten by Manchester City at Old Trafford and were embarrassed by Watford at Vicarage Road on the 18th September. Manchester United fans surely would have been confident enough to bet on victory against the Hornets, so much so that a list of casino reviews would have been high on their list to spend their winnings.
“With United it is still a settling-in period – it is going to take a bit of time for them to knit together and see what they are about. Is there an identity to the team yet? I don’t think there is.” Said Scholes
Scholes went on to say that there was “So much confusion about who should play”
“What I saw of Mourinho at Chelsea, he had 13 or 14 players who played every week. He never rested players even in the League Cup or whatever competition he was in.”
Scholes who played in 718 matches for Manchester United was impressed with the work of Jurgen Klopp so far this season.
He said that the German manager has “stamped his way of playing football” on his team.
“If you were betting, you would be betting on Liverpool,” he said.
It will be interesting to see if the former Chelsea manager will respond to these comments as he has not taken to kindly to criticism of his teams in the past.
Mourinho will have been disappointed in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Stoke City before the International break. He has been a manager who thrives on the big occasions and will want his side to lay down a marker in the Premier League.
Mourinho has a very good record at Anfield, only losing three of his last ten visits to the red half of Merseyside. The last time was in fact back in 2007 in the famous Champions League semi final. Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United won 1-0 at Anfield last season which could add some extra pressure to the Portuguese manager.
The good news for Jose Mourinho is that he has pretty much a clean bill of health going into this game. Only Phil Jones is out with a knee problem so he has a full compliment to select from.
Klopp’s Liverpool have doubts about Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum but both are expected to be in the squad.
It is likely to be a very interesting tactical battle also with Liverpool roared on by their home support, likely to push high and not allow Manchester United any space to play, while Mourinho is more than likely going to attempt to shut Liverpool out and find space in behind on the break, using the pace of Marcus Rashford.