Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has said that the form-book will go out of the window ahead of his side’s meeting with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It has been a season of disappointment for United in their first season under manager David Moyes, which has seen them fall out of the title race and seemingly out of the race to finish in the top four.
They trail Liverpool - who are currently second in the Premier League table – by 11 points with ten games remaining, and are 18 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Carrick told ManUtd.com: “It’s Liverpool next and that’s a big one. Regardless of where both teams are in the league it’s an important fixture.
“In recent times, with this rivalry, we’ve been on top of them in the league and it’s the other way around at the moment. But I don’t think league places affect the game. We’d say it if we’re top of the table that form goes out of the window against Liverpool, it counts for very little, and that’s the case now. It should be a good game and we’re all looking forward to it.”
United have won their last two league games going into the encounter, so they have a bit of league form to work with, but Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine games – having won seven of them.
If they were to leave Old Trafford with their first victory in five years on Sunday it will be their longest winning-streak in the league this season so far.
A win for United, however, could revive their slim hopes of breaking into the Champions League places.
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