Man United picked up a handsome win vs Fulham last weekend but all that momentum was lost in midweek when they went down 2-1 to Valencia in the Champions League.
And going into the Liverpool game this weekend, Jose Mourinho’s men are clearly the underdogs but football pundit Paul Merson feels that United could be reduced to a mere joke.
But why the former Arsenal man think so?
The former Arsenal star told Sky Sports: “I think tactically, Mourinho is up there with the best of the best. But really they’ve got to win here because the gap is getting ridiculous.
“Mourinho might have to have a go at Liverpool, particularly as Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea have favourable games this weekend. It could be double digits to the top four, which is too many points.
“Liverpool have everything to lose, the pressure’s on now. But if they win this, it’s another game ticked off, a big game done.
“I’ve seen these games too many times, and they disappoint at the highest level sometimes, unless you’re a major connoisseur of football and like a 0-0 better than a 4-4.
“I’d like to think they’re going to have a go and put Liverpool under pressure because they are under pressure – they’re top of the league. It’s embarrassing if they don’t go and have a go. It’s Manchester United. Going there and shutting up shop is a joke.
“They have to score because I can’t see this United defence being good enough to keep a clean sheet. They had a walk in the park against Fulham and still allowed them to score. The best form of defence is attack.”
Earlier this week, Man United defender Ashley Young vowed that his team would play attacking football but going by Jose Mourinho’s philosophy, United are destined to go into a defensive mould at some point in the game.