Paul Merson: Why Liverpool should be very worried about Man United

The Arsenal legend believes Manchester United have a turned a corner under Jose Mourinho

Paul Merson believes Liverpool should be very worried about the prospect of being on the receiving end of a Manchester United rout at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils made a slow start to life under Jose Mourinho despite the Manchester United manager signing Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba in big-money deals in the summer transfer window.

However, the 20-time English champions have won their last nine games in all competitions, with Manchester United notching up sixth successive Premier League victories during that run to leave them on the cusp of a place in top four.

In particular, Mourinho’s big-name players such as Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and David De Gea have found their best form.

Writing in his Daily Star column, former Arsenal midfielder Merson expressed his concerns for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp prepares to take his side to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

“United are rolling and I don’t see how Liverpool will be able to live with them if they defend like they have been lately,” Merson said.

“They are making a lot of mistakes and United could tear them apart if they hit top gear.”

Merson continued: “When United went to Anfield earlier this season they were negative and nervous. No-one expected them to get a result.

“But they’re playing with a lot more confidence now. If I was a Liverpool fan I’d be worried about the game.

“United have a lot of big-game players. Ibrahimovic is scoring goals. Paul Pogba is getting better and better.

“They have a top goalkeeper in David De Gea and the two centre backs have been brilliant since they’ve come in to the team.

“Rashford is getting better and better all the time and Juan Mata is looking like the player who won player of the year at Chelsea a few seasons ago.”

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Liverpool are in third place and five points ahead of Manchester United.

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