Louis van Gaal believes Southampton is a tougher match than Liverpool for Manchester United right now.
United travel to the South Coast club one point behind them in fourth position in the Premier League with 25 points while Liverpool are back in eight position on 20.
Although Southampton are in a poor run of form having lost two consecutive games, Van Gaal believes Monday’s away trip will be a difficult game for United.
“Southampton plays better at this moment and has more points than Liverpool, so I think this weekend it’s good that we have to play Southampton now,” Van Gaal told reporters at yesterday’s press conference.
Liverpool fans may see it as a dig but Van Gaal is spot on, Southampton are a tougher opponent right now. Monday’s game is going to be hard but United go into it as the Premier League’s most in-form team and confidence will be high among the players, putting United in the perfect position to make it five wins on the bounce.
If United can come away with three points, it sets everything up perfectly for Van Gaal’s first derby against Liverpool at Old Trafford in what is sure to be a fiery occasion as always and as form tends to go out of the window on derby day, anything can happen.