By Richard Parks
Gary Neville has predicted that Manchester United will beat Liverpool on Saturday in the clash of the two Premier League titans at Old Trafford.
The Sky Sports pundit is convinced that home advantage will prove to be the difference as the teams are broadly similar in terms of all-round quality.
United are two points about Liverpool in the Premier League table and both are well placed to secure a top-four Premier League finish.
“I always fancy United at home, with Liverpool you have to get through that first half an hour, especially at Anfield, where they are a completely different proposition,” said Neville, as quoted by Sky Sports’ website.
“I’ve always thought that for Liverpool away from home they struggled with the size of the pitch, despite them not being hugely different on paper.
“It’s a lot harder for United to play at Anfield and a lot harder for Liverpool to play at Old Trafford, so I fancy United to win.”
Football Insider verdict:
Neville is right in saying there is little between the two sides, although a world of difference in their style of play. Liverpool are cavalier and aggressive with a devastating attacking trio who can rip any defence in Europe to shreds. United are more cautious and look to stifle opponents in classic Jose Mourinho fashion before seizing upon any weaknesses. Both styles clearly work, as the duo are the two best placed to finish second in the table, and United could follow Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals next week. What is certain is that Liverpool will go to Old Trafford and give it a real good go. It should be a humdinger.