Gary Neville has claimed that home advantage will ultimately play a decisive role in Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho has only lost two games at Old Trafford since becoming Man United manager in 2016 – both against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Just a couple of points separates the two clubs, making this the first match between them with something riding on it for years, and a win would give United a firm grip on second spot.
And Neville, speaking ahead of the game, noted that Liverpool will be easier to control for United on their own patch.
“Not many teams win at Old Trafford against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Manchester City are the only team over the last couple of years,” he said. “It’s going to be a really tough game but Liverpool are confident.”
“I don’t think we’ll see what Chelsea did at Manchester City, Liverpool will not change because they are away from home.
“Mourinho will have some sort of plan to nullify Liverpool and hurt them where he can, so it should be a good game.”
United’s record at home is outstandingly good and the Theatre of Dreams, following some dismal times under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, is the closest to a fortress than it has ever been in the post-Fergie era.
That said, while Man City remain the only team to figure out how to beat Mourinho at Old Trafford, Liverpool came remarkably close last year, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbing a point for the hosts late on.
Mourinho has not lost to Liverpool as United boss yet but neither has he dominated them; Saturday serves as the perfect time to address that.