Neville: This could be Manchester United’s biggest mistake against Liverpool

Angry Louis van Gaal

Gary Neville believes Manchester United’s current approach of a controlled tempo working out from the back could be their downfall against Liverpool

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that his old side’s playing style could be their undoing against Liverpool.

Analysing the game between the Reds and the Red Devils, Neville suggested that Louis van Gaal would have to change his approach to handle the expected early pressure in the first 20 minutes.

‘’The biggest thing will be that United will get put under immense pressure in the first 20 minutes and they like to play with a controlled tempo from the back with the defence splitting,’’ explained the former England right-back.

‘’I’m not quite convinced by that as a strategy for winning at Anfield because it never worked for United.

‘’We couldn’t do it when we were at the top of the league so to think that we’re going to do it on Sunday is a bit of a mistake.’’

Does Louis van Gaal need to change his tactics for Liverpool?

The former Dutch manager will arguably be facing his biggest test as United boss on Sunday and could be tempted to make tactical tweaks.

This season, United have perhaps changed their game plan more than any other side in the Premier League and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 20-time Premier League champions once again adjust their system for the game against their top-four rivals.

Liverpool have been in emphatic form recently and Brendan Rodgers will most likely be reluctant to change that winning formula despite tweaking his system halfway through the game against Swansea on Monday. Therefore, it does give the United boss a blueprint of what to expect.

Van Gaal will obviously look at the best way of approaching the game against Liverpool but supporters shouldn’t become too distressed if the same tactics are applied.

If it isn’t broke, don't fix it could be the message from Van Gaal and whatever system is put out on Sunday, the United faithful will know their side will have more than enough to collect all three points.

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