Andy Cole: United will find it hard at Anfield
Liverpool and Manchester United lock horns on Sunday afternoon in a crucial clash which could determine which team ends up in the important UEFA Champions League slots at the end of the season.
If United can come away with a draw, I think it’s a real good result for them
The rivals are separated by just two points with nine games left to go; United are currently occupying the fourth spot with 58 points while the Reds are in fifth with 56 points.
The odds are stacked against Louis Van Gaal’s men given their poor record at Anfield over the years, winning just one of their last eight Premier League encounters at the venue.
Liverpool have also recovered well from the 3-0 reverse at Old Trafford in December, losing just once in 13 games – something which Cole believes will prove pivotal in this clash.
“It’s going to be very, very tough for Man United,” the former Red Devil told FourFourTwo at the Courts Megastore in Tampines on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s always very hard going to Anfield and Liverpool are in really good form at the moment.
“They’re definitely going into this game as favourites and they’ll be thinking ‘we have a chance to go above United in the league and finish in the top four’.
“If United can come away with a draw, I think it’s a real good result for them.”
However, Cole, who played for United between 1995 to 2001, does not believe the Red Devils should set up shop to contain their in-form opponents.
The 43-year-old had fond memories of playing against the Reds, having not lost a game there in his time at Old Trafford.
“I was fortunate enough to have played in a United team that was very dominant at that stage,” he said.
“We went to Anfield and virtually won every year there. To be honest, I can’t remember losing at Anfield.
“Our worst result was probably a draw… I remember Denis Irwin getting sent off, that was it.
“It’s down to both the players and the manager. We knew that we were a good side and we could go to anywhere and win. Sir Alex (Ferguson) always believe that we could go to Anfield and win.
“There was no going about setting ourselves up for a draw. We wanted to go there and beat them and we were good enough to do just that.”
The Manchester United global ambassador was in town by invitation from local electronic and furniture retailers, Courts, as part of their celebrations for Singapore’s 50th birthday.