Carragher wrong on one of two areas Manchester United 'better Liverpool'

Jamie Carragher

Manchester United and Liverpool clash this weekend.

Liverpool and Manchester United clash this weekend, with the Red Devils hoping to make it six wins in a row.

They have risen to third in the league, while Liverpool's home draw with Sunderland halted their recent momentum, and they sit in ninth spot.

Asked about the differences between the two teams, SkySports pundit Jamie Carragher told Monday Night Football that United create more chances, and are more clinical in front of goal.

Only on one count however, is he correct:

  Key PassesScoring V Shooting Accuracy
Liverpool 161 9%
Man Utd 153 13%

Liverpool have actually created more goalscoring chances than Manchester United this season. A difference of seven is not huge, but it shows there is no great gulf between the sides in that department.

United's advantage comes in their finishing. The Red Devils have converted 13 per cent of their shots into goals, that's only behind one team this season, league leaders Chelsea who have found the net with 14 per cent of their efforts.

Robin van Persie demonstrated the benefit of having top class strikers on Monday night, scoring two goals from two chances in the win at Southampton.

The big worry for Liverpool is how their scoring record dips compared to last season. In their title charge they netted from 16 per cent of their shots, almost double their rate from this season.

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