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FA Cup: Chris Sutton predicts outcome of Man Utd v Liverpool

Liverpool will look to progress into the semi-finals of the FA Cup and get closer to their dream of winning four trophies this season when they travel to Old Trafford to face their traditional rival, Manchester United on Sunday. 

While Liverpool’s rivalry with Manchester City has become a thrilling spectacle in recent years, this fixture still means a lot to the fans. Irrespective of league positions, the grandeur of this fixture holds extra significance.

The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup and are second in the Premier League, on the same point as Arsenal. They have moved into the quarter-finals of the Europa League as well.

Based on form, Manchester United are nowhere near to matching Liverpool’s standards this season. But in cup games, anything can happen and United can raise their level in front of a boisterous crowd at Old Trafford.

Chris Sutton thinks that if Liverpool can replicate the second-half performance against Manchester City in their last Premier League, they should win this tie comfortably.

What Sutton has said about Man Utd v Liverpool

Sutton says that Liverpool are getting back some of their key players like Mohamed Salah, and if Liverpool are anywhere near to their best, they should win it comfortably.

For the Red Devils, striker Rasmus Hojlund is set to return from injury and it’s a “massive” boost for the club. He predicts a 3-1 win for Liverpool.

“United have dug deep and got some good results against Liverpool in recent years – for example, they beat them 2-1 at Old Trafford at the start of last season, when I didn’t give them a chance that day either,” said Sutton on BBC Sport

“I know United fans might be getting excited about their 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier this season too – with what felt like about 2% possession.

“But Liverpool are getting key players like Mohamed Salah back to full fitness and if they turn up and perform like they did in the second half against Manchester City last weekend, then they are going to win – no doubt about it.

“There is some good news for United because their striker Rasmus Hojlund is going to be back from injury, and starting the game by all accounts.

“That is massive for them and gives them a far greater chance of getting through, but if Liverpool are anywhere near their best they will still have too much for them.”

Liverpool won’t mind Old Trafford factor

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, teams used to find it really difficult to get a win at Old Trafford. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Old Trafford has lost that “fear factor”, and Liverpool won’t mind facing them anywhere.

United are heading into this game on the back of a 2-0 win against Everton. The Toffees played well that day and the scoreline could have easily been different had they been more clinical in front of goal.

The Red Devils have lost five times at home this season, and Liverpool can hurt them badly if they can stick to their plans and produce their best form. Virgil van Dijk is likely to return to the starting line-up, while the midfield could be bolstered by the return of Alexis Mac Allister.

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