Jamie Carragher had some kind words for the Manchester United squad (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has admitted that Manchester United have the superior squad ahead of the huge Premier League clash between the sides on Sunday.
United host the Reds at Old Trafford with Liverpool hoping to return to the top of the Premier League table by avoiding defeat.
Mauricio Pochettino squares up to Mike Dean after Spurs’ defeat to BurnleyThe Red Devils are not in the title race, but can cement their fourth place spot, as they continue their remarkable resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Despite Jurgen Klopp’s side being 14 points ahead of United in the league, Carragher believes it is Solskjaer who has the superior set of players at his service.
Carragher praised United’s strength in depth (Picture: Getty Images)‘When it comes to the first eleven I would take Liverpool but comparing the squads United probably have the edge,’ Carragher told the Mirror. ‘For instance they can bring on Juan Mata and Anthony Martial from the bench.’
While Carragher was happy to compliment his old rivals, he did remind them how things have changed over recent years, with Liverpool now challenging for the Premier League as the Red Devils scrap for a Champions League place.
‘This is also a massive game for United because they want to finish in the top four,’ Carragher continued.
‘It’s roles reversed because that over the past years has largely been Liverpool’s goal while trying to put a spanner in the works of United going for the title. Now it’s them trying to do us.’
Liverpool are aiming for their first Premier League title (Picture: Getty Images)The former England international has been impressed by the job Solskjaer has done at Old Trafford, winning eight and drawing one of his nine Premier League games in charge.
‘I think he has a gone a fantastic job,’ continued Carragher. ‘I think someone coming in was always going to give them a lift but I think he’s surprised people by his actual set up in games, going to Arsenal and Tottenham and beating experienced managers by doing different things tactically.
‘People were patronising to Solskjaer saying “Ole’s got a smile and will keep everyone happy” but there is a lot more to him than that.
‘United could have asked plenty of people to do the job, but they asked him. He has done absolutely fantastic, not just the wins but the performances as well. There’s no box he hasn’t ticked.’
Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford at 2.05pm on Sunday 24 February.
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