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Manchester United Will Be Defensive Against Liverpool - Kenny Dalglish

Manchester United Will Be Defensive Against Liverpool - Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish

Former Liverpool Boss Kenny Dalglish has the opinion that Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho will put up a very defensive game against Liverpool as they did last season.

Manchester United totally played a defensive game in their first game under Jose Mourinho against Liverpool last season, a game which ended with a goalless draw, with United managing just 35 percent of the overall possession, as recorded by Opta.

Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish is predicting a similar approach by the Portuguese as they visit Anfield this Saturday.

"You would always expect Liverpool vs. Manchester United to be a tight game," he is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. "Last year, when United came to Liverpool, Jose Mourinho parked the bus. But it wasn't just the one bus, I think it was a couple of double-deckers he put there. That's not to give him stick in any way. It was very difficult for Liverpool and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic nearly got a late winner.

"I think United will come and set up quite defensively, but at the same time they have fantastic frontmen in Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial. I think Jose will try to make sure the pressure is on Liverpool, but the pressure is on everyone when it comes to a game like that."

Manchester United are seven points ahead of Liverpool and are presently unbeaten this season, which is not the same for Liverpool, who own just twelve points in seven games but the former Liverpool Boss believes the Reds will squeeze out results come Saturday.

"I think he's a perfect fit for the football club," he said. "I think he can relate brilliantly to the fans and the fans can relate to him. I think we're moving forwards and upwards since he's come in. He may be criticised for the goals he concedes but his philosophy has always been to score more goals than the opposition so I think that's what the fans want to see.

"Between now and May I think there will be a lot more smiles than there will be disappointments. They finished fourth [last season] so I think they'll be expecting to finish a bit higher this year. United and City are both stronger so that is a bit unfortunate. Chelsea got off to a bad start, but they've picked up and Tottenham are also looking strong.

"It's going to be a difficult task to get higher than fourth but hopefully they can do it and I think they've got the best person in charge to do that."
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