Johnny Giles: The difference between Liverpool and Man United this season

Johnny Giles says when Liverpool are on their game, they're winning matches well, unlike Man United

Johnny Giles says Liverpool have been much better than Manchester United at their best despite both clubs’s inconsistency this season.

Liverpool were 2-0 winners against the Red Devils in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday night.

Daniel Sturridge made the breakthrough from the penalty spot after Nathaniel Clyne was brought down by Netherlands winger Memphis Depay.

Brazil international Roberto Firmino doubled the home side’s lead to give the Reds a 2-0 aggregate lead ahead of their return trip to Old Trafford next Thursday.

Liverpool have won four of their last five games in all competitions, scoring 13 goals in victories over Aston Villa, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and United.

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Giles believes United haven’t been able to match Liverpool at their best this season.

“Liverpool are a bit mixed. Sometimes you watch them and they are very, very good,” Giles told Newstalk.

“They have this pressing game. Then another week, you wonder where the pressing game is. Manchester United haven’t been as good or matched Liverpool when Liverpool have been good. Manchester United have been mediocre most of the time.”

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Giles added: “At their best, Liverpool are good. United at their best and winning matches haven’t been good.”

Liverpool are in sixth place in the Premier League table after a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their last top-flight game last weekend.

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The Red Devils host West Ham United in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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