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Neville: “Liverpool are favourites against United”

hi-res-5038ded274fde31f284e26da3071dccc_crop_northGary Neville believes Manchester United will be the underdogs when they travel to Anfield on Sunday, adding that they’ll need to withstand huge pressure if they’re to get anything out of the game.

With eight games left in the season, United’s trip to Merseyside could be a pivotal moment in deciding the two teams’ destiny in the race for top four, with United currently two points ahead of Liverpool but with Brendan Rodgers’ men unbeaten in the league since losing at Old Trafford in December.

Having narrowly missed out on the title last season, Liverpool have been on an impressive run since the turn of the year and Neville insisted the odds are firmly against United, as they look for a second win at Anfield in three seasons.

“You’d have to make Liverpool the favourites,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I know United played well last week but at Anfield and with their fantastic run of form, you’d have to make them favourites.”

The former United captain added that Louis Van Gaal’s men will have to start strongly as they’re likely to come under intense pressure in the opening stages of the game.

“United will have to go there on Sunday and withstand immense pressure, particularly early on in the game,” he said.

“Liverpool have got fantastic energy in that front six and I think are better at United than that.

“But United have got matchwinners in their team and I think the game is set up well.”

Last weekend, United delivered their best performance of the season against Spurs but Neville believes United would be naive to adopt the same approach at Anfield.

“I don’t think you can play as you did at home to Tottenham and then go to Anfield and play the same way,” he said.

“That would be a big mistake, in my opinion.

“In a perfect world you’d love to go to Anfield, start positively and go a goal up, but how many times has that happened? How many times have United done it? They are few and far between. It would be naive.”