The Red Devils head into the game knowing that they will delay Manchester City’s title party if they are able to avoid defeat against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Manchester City suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss to Liverpool FC in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield on Wednesday night, while Manchester United had a free week to prepare for Saturday’s crunch clash.
Jose Mourinho will be desperate to prevent Manchester City from clinching the title against his side this weekend.
And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson believes that the Red Devils will be able to shut up shop and hold the Citizens to a 1-1 draw at The Etihad.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “For various reasons, City did not produce the kind of performance at Anfield on Wednesday that we have got used to seeing from them this season, when they have been conquering all-comers.
“As I’ve said in my analysis after that Champions League game, Pep Guardiola got some things wrong. Raheem Sterling has been brilliant all season so why would you leave him out of such a big game? I don’t get it, and sometimes I think managers can try to be a bit too clever.
“I don’t see this game going to plan for Guardiola either. I am expecting United to be very awkward, and they are capable of nicking a goal as well as being rigid and hard to break down at the back.”
Manchester United are currently in second place in the Premier League table as they look to finish as runners-up to Manchester City this term.
It marks a big improvement in their top-flight form from last term, when Mourinho’s men ended up in sixth place in the Portuguese coach’s first campaign in charge at the club.
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