John Aldridge states bold prediction for Liverpool v Man Utd

John Aldridge is backing Liverpool to beat Manchester United over two legs

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

John Aldridge has backed Liverpool to beat Manchester United over two legs in the Europa League last 16.

The Reds were pitted against their bitter Premier League rivals for the first time in Europe in Friday’s last-16 draw.

Jurgen Klopp’s side secured their place in the next round thanks to a 1-0 win against Augsburg on Thursday night thanks to James Milner’s fifth-minute penalty.

Louis van Gaal’s side, meanwhile, were 5-1 winners against FC Midtjylland after a 2-1 loss in Denmark.

Former Liverpool striker Aldridge is feeling optimistic about the 18-time English champions’s chances of securing victory over two legs which will be played on 10 and 17 March.

“While it will be a couple of nervy games for certain, for me it’s a great draw. I’m delighted,” Aldridge told Liverpool Echo.

“Why? Because I think we can beat them over two legs.

“I’m glad the first game is at home. If we can keep a clean sheet at Anfield, then I fancy us to go there and get the job done to be honest.

“It’s massive for both clubs, the first European meeting. They’ve done us over twice this season; let’s hope it’s our turn now!”

Liverpool lost 3-1 to the Red Devils at Old Trafford in September as Anthony Martial scored his first goal for the 20-time English champions.

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The Reds lost 1-0 against Van Gaal’s side at Anfield in January after Wayne Rooney’s late winner.

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