Mark Lawrenson states prediction for Man United v Liverpool
Former Liverpool defender expects Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp to settle for a point at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United and Liverpool to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils have been in impressive form in recent months after a run of nine successive victories in all competitions to help the Manchester outfit to build some vital momentum under Jose Mourinho heading into the second half of the season.
Manchester United were 2-0 winners against West Ham United in their last Premier League game thanks to goals from Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic before victories over Reading and Hull City in the cup competitions.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have failed to win their last three games following stalemates with Sunderland and Plymouth before a 1-0 loss to Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes both Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp would settle for a point at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
“Manchester United got a 0-0 draw at Anfield in October in a game that was basically a Jose Mourinho masterpiece.
“His gameplan was to restrict Liverpool to relatively few chances, and it worked.
“United will be far more ambitious in attack at Old Trafford, however, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has some big decisions to make over the fitness of some of his players.
“If Joel Matip is 75% fit I think Klopp will be tempted to play him, especially if Jordan Henderson is not quite ready.
“This is a massive game for both teams and I think it will end up with a point apiece. I think Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham would settle for that result too.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place last season and three spots behind Manchester United.