Clinton Morrison claimed Manchester United against Liverpool was a bigger rivalry than Man United against Manchester City.
The Sky Sports pundit stated that Liverpool’s rivalry was Manchester United’s biggest one and pointed out as a result that Man United won’t want to lose heavily to the Reds when the two sides clash at Old Trafford after the international break.
“So I looked that game, that’s a big game, it’s at Old Trafford, it’s like a rivalry, that’s the biggest rivalry, that’s bigger than Man United- Man City,” said Morrison on Sky Sports’ The Debate (22:32, Tuesday, October 8th).
“Huge game, Man United won’t want to be beaten heavily at Old Trafford.”
Man United are currently seven points behind Man City in the league and 15 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side after eight games played.
It’s hard to not be amused by Morrison’s claim given Man United’s current situation. After all, while the pundit decides who are Manchester United’s biggest rivals out of Man City and Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side and the Reds are the two teams realistically battling over the Premier League title this season. So with that in mind, Liverpool’s upcoming clash against Man City in the league actually feels like a bigger event this season, then the club’s trip to Old Trafford. This is because the result of Liverpool’s clashes with Man City this season will likely end up helping decide which team ends up with the Premier League title. Man United meanwhile should just be concerned with securing a top-six finish this season based on their start to the season. After the first eight games of the season, the Red Devils are sat 12th after suffering three losses, have only nine points to show for their efforts, and given that they’ve only managed to score nine times, Liverpool have scored 20 times in comparison, it doesn’t sound like they’re on the brink of shooting up the league unless there’s a notable change in their fortunes.