Jan Molby admits he's less confident ahead of Liverpool v Manchester United

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Molby was confident of a win over Manchester United for Liverpool, until he saw the sides play last weekend.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has said he is not as confident as he was last week for this weekend's clash against Manchester United.

In the past week, Liverpool managed to dig out a 1-0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium while Manchester United ran riot in the first half of their 3-0 win against Tottenham, with arguably their best performance of the season so far.

The build-up to the game has the added factor that both sides are squabbling for a place in next season's Champions League. A victory for Liverpool will allow them to leapfrog their fierce rivals, whereas avoiding defeat for United wouldn't be the worst result.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Molby said: "I’m not as confident now as I was a week ago. Back then I thought this weekend would be pretty straightforward.

"But United found some form with their win over Tottenham. Louis van Gaal swallowed his pride and went more direct. I’ve got no problem with that as it’s all about winning.

"Someone like Marouane Fellaini gives you something different and his threat helped them to win the game.

"A lot was made about the impact of Michael Carrick on his return to United’s midfield. But this is a different game."

Molby believes Liverpool have a more dynamic midfield and if they start the game quickly they can get at their opponents, and that two of their summer signings

"I’m not convinced that Ander Herrera has fully adjusted to the hurly burly of the Premier League. You can unsettle players like him and Daley Blind if you play at a high tempo.

"Our performance at Swansea on Monday night lacked energy. Standards slipped and we were fortunate to get the three points. It was hard work creating chances but on Sunday we’ll see a very different Liverpool." 

It will be interesting to see if Liverpool target anyone in particular, but both sides have food for thought when it comes to their selections.

United played very well against Tottenham but have record signing Angel Di Maria back from suspension though his form of late shouldn't warrant a starting place.

A lot of the talk surrounding Liverpool has been who should start up front, with some commentators, pundits, and former players suggesting Raheem Sterling should get the nod ahead of Daniel Sturridge.

The results of the last week have made this weekend's contest a little more fascinating.

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