Andy Cole has backed Manchester United to sit back and look to hit Liverpool on the counter-attack in Saturday lunchtime’s clash at Anfield.
Man United have been in fantastic goalscoring form at the start of the season, netting 21 times in their opening seven league games.
However, Cole expects Jose Mourinho‘s side to allow Liverpool most of possession on Saturday.
Questioned whether United will sit back and counter, Cole said, “it wouldn’t surprise me.”
“Liverpool are the home team. They need to win,” Cole told The Sun.
“United can sit a bit and soak it all up. And they have pace to do damage.”
Despite dominating most of their games this season, United have still shown their counter-attacking capabilities.
In thumping victories against West Ham, Swansea, Everton and Crystal Palace, as well as CSKA Moscow and Burton Albion, in all of which United scored four times, the Reds showed their pace on the counter.
Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford on the left flank are constant threats, while Romelu Lukaku is a powerful runner-up front, with both the pace to run with the ball and strength and intelligence to hold up the ball.
Nemanja Matic showed how he can start counter-attacks with his interception leading to a Lukaku goal on his Premier League debut against West Ham. The Serb will be vital at Anfield in breaking up play and quickly starting attacks.
Last season saw Mourinho play out for a 0-0 draw at Anfield in a dull game. If United can take that defensive performance and add the counter-attacking ability, the Reds should be able to come away from Liverpool with three points.