“Get the contract out, put it on the table. Let him sign it, let him write whatever numbers he wants on there. Let him sign the contract and go! Ole is at the wheel. Man Utd are back!”
Since Rio Ferdinand said that, United have won five of their 24 games in all competitions.
His win rate in 24 games is 20 per cent and he manages the biggest club in the world. In this period Liverpool have won 88 per cent of their games including a Champions League final. They’ve only lost once on this run, a 3-0 loss at the Nou Camp and we all know what happened in the return leg. Corner taken quickly… ORIGI!
Man United are making bad decisions on and off the pitch and if you look at the way Liverpool are doing things, it’s chalk and cheese. When Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool they had a transfer committee in place to sign players – from day one Klopp made it clear that he would have the final say on all transfers. That’s not how things have gone at Old Trafford.
Perhaps that’s why it’s Liverpool who are set to equal Man City’s record of 18 Premier League wins in a row – and to do it in Old Trafford would be fantastic for them. United will be going all out to stop this and, a bit like the game last season, it’s not hard to see them setting up negatively.
Last season they limited Liverpool to only one shot on target.
If United get a draw Ole’s job will probably be safe for another few months, so that is another reason United might try to spoil the game. But there is a massive gulf in class between the sides.
That said, Liverpool struggled to break United down at Anfield last season until they brought on Xherdan Shaqiri, who went in behind the front three – and then scored twice.
If they dropped Jordan Henderson, played Divock Origi from the left and played Mohamed Salah through the middle, they would have Roberto Firmino just behind the front three. This line-up would rip United apart.
But that’s unlikely to happen unless Liverpool are chasing the game, which is why I can see the under 2.5 goals clicking @ 19/20 in this game.
United are really struggling in front of goal and only had three shots on target against AZ in the 0-0 draw in the Europa League and Newcastle in their 1-0 Premier League loss.
There is a lot of talk about Liverpool’s defence not being as good as it was last season, but they’ve only conceded six goals in eight games – the best in the league.
This won’t be a classic, but this Liverpool team is finding ways to win games and should edge this one. Expect a scrappy game with not many clear-cut chances.
*Prices are correct at time of posting but are as fluid as Ole’s career prospects