Ex-Liverpool striker: 'I wouldn't risk writing United off completely just yet'

John Aldridge has had his say ahead of Sunday's clash at Old Trafford

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said he wouldn’t risk writing of Manchester United completely just yet.

The Reds travel to Old Trafford on Sunday with the rather unfamiliar position in recent years of being 11 points ahead of the reigning champions – who currently lie in sixth place.

Aldridge said in his column for the Liverpool Echo: “I won’t lie, it’s nice to be able to look down the league table at them for a change. We’ve spent long enough looking up at them, after all. But football is cyclical, and nothing lasts forever. Liverpool know that better than anyone.

“Ferguson had to leave United some time, and he has left a massive job to his successor.

“David Moyes is a good manager, that is proven, but he has struggled to get to grips with the size of the job he was left. I have no personal issue with him, but as a Liverpool supporter I hope those struggles continue.”

The former striker has said that bold decisions and going there in a positive mood could go a long way to Liverpool leaving Old Trafford with all three points.

Aldridge has also called for Joe Allen to start in the clash at Old Trafford in order to exploit the weakness that United have had in the middle of the park this season – and for Raheem Sterling to start ahead of Philippe Coutinho.

He said: “You need grafters when you go to a place like Old Trafford, and a midfield of Allen, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard is full of graft.

“United struggle in central midfield, it is well documented, so I would make that part of the field as strong as possible.”

If that is the case it could give Brendan Rodgers the option of sticking with the diamond midfield system he operated in the 3-0 win over Southampton – or going with a front three that can drop two men back to operate as a five in midfield.

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