By Amir Mir

Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United will struggle with Liverpool’s high intensity pressing when the sides meet at Anfield on Monday night.

BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson has backed his former side to record a comfortable 2-0 victory against their arch rivals.

The Reds have started the season in impressive fashion, with their high pressing game stifling opponents in their own half.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes the Merseyside club’s style will continue to work on Monday night, and he cannot see Jose Mourinho’s side coping with their tactics.

“Liverpool have made a very good start to the season, and their home form is particularly impressive,” Lawrenson wrote on the BBC Sport website.

“It will be interesting to see how Manchester United cope with the Reds’ gegenpressing because I think Liverpool have been the best team in the league without the ball this season – they are as good when they don’t have possession as they are when they do.

“I think United will struggle to deal with that. Quite often with these big games I go for a draw but on this occasion I fancy Liverpool.

“I just think at the moment, with the way they are playing, with their pace and the speed of their passing, the Reds will have the edge.”

The Reds have lost their previous four league encounters against their north-west rivals, most recently in January when Louis Van Gaal’s side recorded a 1-0 win at Anfield.

However, the sides meet with Jurgen Klopp’s men in fine form having won their last five fixtures in all competitions. They sit fourth in the league table with 16 points.

By contrast, Mourinho’s United have struggled to make a consistent impact this term, losing two of their last four fixtures, and sit in sixth with 13 points.

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