John Barnes has claimed that Liverpool could destroy Manchester United when they travel to Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Reds’ legend admitted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can’t go into the game looking to play an expansive style as they could leave themselves way too open in defence.
Barnes exclaimed that even Manchester City had to adapt their style against Jurgen Klopp’s team and that it is a risk to go toe-to-toe with the runaway Premier League leaders this season.
“If Manchester United now under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are going back to trying to play an exciting, open game, I think Liverpool will destroy them,” he told the Evening Standard.
“If you go toe-to-toe with Liverpool and try and play an open game… even Manchester City adapt their game to play against Liverpool!”
“If Manchester United come and say, ‘We’re the home team, let’s play an open game’, I think Liverpool will beat them comfortably.”
Manchester United could end the weekend in the relegation zone and haven’t beaten Liverpool since a 2-1 victory almost two years ago.
Barnes is spot on with his prediction of the game, with Liverpool having one of the most dangerous attacks in the Premier League. The Reds have been untouchable in the league in the past two years, and have only lost once since the beginning of last season. It would be smart for the Red Devils to try and sit back and frustrate Liverpool, and try and replicate what Sheffield United did in the Reds’ last away trip. The Blades were solid in defence, and Liverpool needed a mistake from Dean Henderson to claim all three points. Liverpool will be ready for whatever is thrown their way, and they will want nothing more than to continue their run, with a win on Sunday meaning they would break the Premier League record for the most consecutive wins [The Guardian]. Liverpool will want to take advantage of Man United’s recent struggles, and will not want to slow down after opening up an eight-point gap at the top of the table already.