Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)Robbie Fowler believes Liverpool could exploit Manchester United’s ‘dodgy defence’ in the much-anticipated Premier League clash.
The Reds travel to Old Trafford on Sunday knowing a victory will see them regain their position at the top of the table.
United, meanwhile, can close the gap to third-placed Tottenham to six points.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enjoyed a superb run as caretaker boss of Manchester United since being placed in charge following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
But Fowler says the Red Devils still have a ‘dodgy defence’ and believes Liverpool can take advantage if his team dominates the midfield battle.
He told the Daily Mirror: ‘Let’s be straight about this, Manchester United have a dodgy defence.
‘That’s not me being biased – six clean sheets in the league all season tells you that. It’s improved, no doubt, but there are still weaknesses.
‘Liverpool’s attack is their world-class strength. Again, no doubt.
‘Yet for Jurgen Klopp to use the forwards’ penetration and movement, that can be so devastating, he needs his midfield to provide the platform.
‘So even though the table tells you that my former club are individually much better this season – and man-for-man you can’t argue with that – it really doesn’t matter.
‘What matters is that war in midfield.’
United were adamant Solskjaer was a short-term appointment but his run as manager has led to speculation he will get the job on a full-time basis.
And Klopp says the Norway legend deserves to be named permanent manager at the Theatre of Dreams.
He said: ‘There is no doubt that he will be the manager next year as well, that’s clear.
‘Can you imagine one situation when they say ‘We are bringing in another manager?’ Then a new manager will lose one game and that’s not possible.
‘He deserves [the job] 100% – he did everything that you have to do to be successful with them.’
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