Three reasons why Man United will finish above Liverpool
Three reasons why Manchester United will finish above top-four rivals Liverpool in the Premier League
1) Man United always finish above Liverpool
Well not quite always, but the fact that they have finished above their fierce rivals 21 times out of 23 Premier League seasons, is fairly conclusive evidence that they probably will once more. Having said that, the Sir Alex Ferguson era is long dead so there is a chance if Liverpool can get their act together, they could usurp United as they did two years ago. However, anyone who witnessed the Reds’s performance at Old Trafford on Saturday will appreciate the chance is realistically somewhere between slim and none. With Louis van Gaal’s side showing signs that they might be starting to gel in their second-half performance in the 3-1 win, the future seems a bit brighter under the Dutchman than it did after defeat to Swansea City.
2)They’re playing their players in their best positions
Unlike Liverpool who are experimenting and shuffling their pack at any given moment, United are largely putting their players in their best positions. Roberto Firmino is a case in point. The £29m Brazil international has excelled on the left, in the number ten role and as a striker for his country and former club 1899 Hoffenheim in recent seasons. So quite why Brendan Rodgers chose to deploy him on the right side of defensively-minded 4-5-1 formation against United remains a mystery. Unsurprisingly he was totally nullified as his side lost 3-1.
3)They have solid defensive unit
David De Gea has signed a new contract and it seems to have had a positive effect all across the United defence. New signing Matteo Darmian looks organised and has slotted into place at right-back with aplomb. Alongside the Italian, Chris Smalling looks to have grown in confidence and is reading the game better than ever. Could he be morphing into a defender capable of filling Rio Ferdinand’s big boots at last? Daley Blind was man of the match against Liverpool and his crisp finish opened the scoring. He marshals United’s back-line with a maturity which belies his 25 years and his experience is important to help young Luke Shaw at left-back. With De Gea continuing his fine form of last season behind them United have a solid base on which to build as the season progresses.