Manchester United will know they face a mammoth task in reversing a 2-0 deficit against rivals Liverpool if they are to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Europa League tonight.
An abject performance at Anfield last week could have been a lot worse had it not been for the heroics of goalkeeper David De Gea, but despite his best efforts goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino mean it is advantage Liverpool before tonight’s second leg.
United will have to score goals, something that hasn’t come easy to Louis Van Gaal’s side this season, and with them needing to come out and play it could work in Jurgen Klopp’s favour as one goal could essentially end the tie.
We spoke to Football Fanzone’s Jason Cundy about how he feels the tie could pan out:
The tie isn’t over, United were dreadful at Anfield and could have conceded more but 2-0 gives them a chance especially if they get the first goal.
A potential winner of the competition could come from this tie so both should be hungry.
If Liverpool were smart they would take the game to their hosts, one goal gives United a mountain to climb and essentially puts the tie to bed. We saw what happened when United needed to win games in the Champions League, drawing against PSV at home and losing away to Wolfsburg, so Liverpool will relish being able to crank up the pressure on a side that has largely failed to produce in such situations.
I expect Liverpool to approach the game how they did their game against City and how they did in the second half against Chelsea; press high, force an error and kill off the game.
United on the other hand will need to put in the type of performance we saw frequently under Sir Alex but not as often under Van Gaal.
United v Liverpool, despite both teams status, is still the biggest game in English football and United will need to approach it as such. They can’t have any regrets at the final whistle, and must go out and give it their all unlikely how they played in the first leg.
Again it isn’t impossible but I don’t see United keeping Liverpool out, I think we’ll see a 2-1 win on the night for United but a Liverpool qualification.