Man Utd players won’t believe their luck as "pressure’s off" against Liverpool

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Paul Merson says Manchester United's players won't be able to believe their luck as they face Liverpool with the pressure "majorly off".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side go into Sunday's Old Trafford clash as the underdogs after taking just one point from their last three Premier League games.

Liverpool have won just one game more than United in the top flight but are showing signs of being back to their best, with Mohamed Salah in particular in rampant form.

Merson says that plays right into the Red Devils' hands, with Solskjaer's players unburdened by the weight of expectation.

And he predicts a hard-fought clash, expecting United to raise their game after following last weekend's defeat to Leicester with a comeback victory over Atalanta in midweek.

"You know that Liverpool will be expecting a hard game, and they will get one," said Merson in his Daily Star column. "There probably won't be more than a goal in it.

"Also, the pressure's off. Virtually every player at United is worth £50m. They're the biggest club in the world. They're playing at home. And no-one expects them to win.

"What a result! If you're a United player you can't believe your luck. You're playing at home against your arch enemies and nobody expects you to win.

"I don't know how you get away with it! The pressure is majorly off. And they will turn up. You know they will turn up."

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But while Merson predicted Liverpool would face a backlash, he says a United victory won't mean their problems are solved.

"Even if they win it doesn't mean they have turned things around. They have deep, deep problems there," he said.

Merson claimed Solskjaer is struggling to fit in all his players and doesn't know what his best team is.

As for the United boss himself, he appeared to play down expectations ahead of what could be his side's toughest game so far this season.

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“Even though last season we were ahead of them, maybe because of bad luck with injuries, we know we still have to improve to get up to the level of their last four years.

“When you play against a team at the level of Liverpool who are on a great run of form, they have some individual skills that you cannot almost defend against.

“But, as a team, we have to be compact, aggressive and give very single drop of nous, knowledge, have a strong mindset and physical energy.

"It's going to take everything to get results against the best teams in the world and in Europe, and Liverpool are one of them. They're one of the teams we're chasing.

“What we've done the last four years is what we're striving towards to go past them. They had a bad spell with injuries last year but are now back to their best.”

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