Jamie Carragher exposed the truth about Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t like him – Paul Gorst – .

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Jamie Carragher exposed the truth about Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t like him – Paul Gorst – .


There are few things that will live long in Liverpool’s memory when it comes to last season.
A record-breaking 7-0 win under Jurgen Klopp at Crystal Palace, Mohamed Salah’s 31 goals and a 10-game unbeaten streak to clinch third place were about as exciting as it gets.

A 4-2 blow from Manchester United at Old Trafford was surely the highlight, however.

Klopp ended his long wait for a victory at United in May as the visitors punished their hosts, who were playing their second game in 48 hours after the initial match was postponed after fans stormed the floor for protest against the Glazer family property.

But if Reds fans can offer some mitigation after those six successive losses behind closed doors at Anfield between January and March, then is the euphoria at Old Trafford also diluted by that same fact?

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The win was undoubtedly vital for this top-three ranking for Klopp’s men, but the German won’t feel like his itch at Old Trafford has been scratched until three points are earned in front 75,000 supporters.

Which brings us perfectly to Sunday’s showdown in Manchester.

Rarely will Liverpool have a better chance of turning the screws on their big rivals.

A home second-half rally against Atalanta on Wednesday may have secured a 3-2 Champions League win and wolves away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s gate, but there is little hiding place for the Norwegian at the moment.

He has an unbalanced and bloated squad and often seems to have little game plan beyond relying on a shining moment from his vast array of impressive attackers.

Is there a more over-promoted coach in world football today?

Jamie Carragher may have unwittingly engaged in a public war of words with the United boss, but there was no sense of tribalism attached to his criticism of Solskjaer when he spoke on Monday Night Football this week.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not win a league title or a Champions League trophy as manager of Manchester United,” Carragher said firmly but fair.

“He is not at the level of other managers – like Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel or Pep Guardiola. “

Solskjaer responded by hinting that Carragher was just trying to get under his skin before a big football week, but the Liverpool legend was not speaking with his red tinted glasses.

Structural flaws are rife within the squad and Solskjaer’s lack of tactical acumen at the elite level is often evident when his collection of big names are unable to conjure up a decisive piece of magic.

There appears to be little cohesion and organization in Solskjaer’s plan, which cannot be said, as Carragher suggests, from the coaches who precede him in the Premier League at the moment.

In contrast, Liverpool’s finely tuned setup puts them rolling in Old Trafford following a 21-game unbeaten streak.

And with 36 goals in 12 games this season, they will have every confidence to hand the Red Devils a third Premier League loss in four this weekend.

Their intimidating 3-2 home triumph at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in the Champions League should embolden them further, especially considering United’s struggles against Aston Villa, Everton, Southampton and Leicester already this quarter.

But for Liverpool to really put pressure on those on the other end of the M62, nettle needs to be seized like never before under Klopp at Old Trafford.

It has now been two years since the Reds traveled to Manchester as European Champions in search of their 18th consecutive Premier League victory.

United, on the other hand, were 15 points behind league leaders Klopp in 14th and were in desperate need of inspiration.

Liverpool failed to make their top form count, however, and needed a last-breath equalizer from Adam Lallana to preserve an unbeaten streak that would last until the end of February.

It might be a cliché, but Klopp’s Liverpool are guilty of playing the opportunity as opposed to the team ahead of them at Old Trafford during his six years at the helm.

The return of a boisterous crowd will even take place on Sunday, but the Reds shouldn’t be afraid when they make the trip to the Northwest this weekend.

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