‘Manchester United due a victory against Liverpool at Anfield’
Former Man United striker Andy Cole believes the Old Trafford outfit can take advantage of Liverpool's inconsistent form
Andy Cole is convinced Manchester United can beat Liverpool for the first time at Anfield in four years when the two sides meet in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
The Premier League champions last tasted victory at the Reds’ ground in December 2007 courtesy of Carlos Tevez’s first-half winner – and former United striker Cole is confident the Red Devils can capitalise on a misfiring Liverpool side.
“We’re long overdue a good result at Anfield,” Cole told United’s website. “I thought we played well there earlier this season and Liverpool aren’t scoring too many goals at the moment. I think we can go there with a real sense of belief.”
“Look at the way we performed against Arsenal – if we go to Anfield and play like that, then we’ve got to be confident.
“Liverpool have been struggling for form recently, and if we play like we did at Arsenal then I can’t see why we can’t get a very positive result.”
The 40-year-old was part of the United team who beat Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup final in 1996 and Cole underlined the importance of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side making a strong start on Saturday to dampen the raucous Anfield crowd.
“Even if you’ve got five or six thousand away fans there, you’ve still got to silence the thirty-odd thousand Liverpool fans by keeping the ball and playing the way that United play,” Cole added.
“Liverpool will be very worried about us because they can see we’re in good form. But we need to silence their crowd.”