Liverpool legend Jan Molby says he wants Manchester United to win

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A win for Manchester United over their city rivals could help Liverpool revive their challenge for a Champions League place.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has revealed in his Liverpool Echo column that he will be supporting Manchester United this weekend.

It is, however, for just this weekend as Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon with the sides currently sitting in third and fourth place respectively in the Premier League table.

Molby explained his reasons, saying: "If they beat Manchester City and then the Reds get three points against Newcastle on Monday the race for the top four will be back on.

"City aren’t in great form and things don’t look right there. Sunday is a huge game for them.

"Some teams are used to fighting hard to get in the top four- the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

"But City are used to fighting to win titles. I don’t know how their players will react if they lose to United and find themselves playing for fourth place.

"If any of the current top four are going to fall away it will be City. United and Arsenal are in good form and don’t look like they are going to be derailed."

The Dane clearly sees a United victory as the only real way Liverpool can revive their slim chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Liverpool currently occupy fifth position in the Premier League, and are seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth place, with United a further point ahead in third.

The Reds were in a promising position before back-to-back defeats to their fierce rivals and Arsenal, but if United get the better of City, it could allow Liverpool to close the gap on the top four to four points if they beat Newcastle on Monday night.

City have been incredibly inconsistent of late, and Liverpool will have the opportunity to close the gap on at least one team on Monday regardless of the result, but the extent of that depends on Sunday's game at Old Trafford. However, a defeat for Manuel Pellegrini's side could certainly leave them in Liverpool's sights.

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