Liverpool legend: Manchester United have this advantage over us

Brendan Rodgers

John Aldridge believes that Manchester United have an advantage over Liverpool, despite being a worse team.

Aldridge spoke to the Liverpool Echo, and expressed the belief that being ‘well-drilled and regimented’ means that the Red Devils are better than Liverpool.

The former striker said: “The real frustration is that, and this isn't sour grapes, I still feel United are little more than ordinary. What they are, however, is exceptionally well-drilled and regimented.

“They're not the flamboyant United of years gone by, despite all the money they've spent on supposedly top players, but they're organised and disciplined under Louis Van Gaal, and they took advantage of Liverpool's flat performance.”

Despite utilising the same formation that Louis van Gaal attempted earlier in the season, Brendan Rodgers could not get his side playing with the same dominance as United, and they would have lost the game even with 11 men on the pitch.

The Merseyside club may play the more enjoyable football to watch, but much like Arsenal, there is the criticism aimed at them that centres around an inability to toughen up when needed.

United lost this reputation under David Moyes last term, but Van Gaal has brought a new type of consistent success to Old Trafford.

Aldridge is right to highlight this trait as the Reds’ weakness, as they will never be able to properly challenge for silverware until they have a sense of underlying strength behind them that causes opponents to fear them before games have started.

Rodgers may have utilised Van Gaal’s failed tactical experiment to build a new look Liverpool team, but he has failed to teach the Reds the best thing of Van Gaal’s United regime - the art of winning ugly.

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