Liverpool are set to host United at Anfield tomorrow evening, in what is a huge match for both side’s campaigns.
Liverpool and Man United both look unlikely to break into the top four, meaning that winning the Europa League may be their best route into the Champions League for next season.
And Carragher said on the match: “There’s very little between the two teams. I think Liverpool were far superior at Anfield and should have won. My one worry is Louis van Gaal’s record against Liverpool and in big games. Fans have been criticising him but he seems to do the job in big games. My worry is Van Gaal rather than the opposing players.
“It’s still the biggest game because they are the two biggest names in English football. It’s sad that they are both in the Europa League and it’s not a Champions League game. It’s like us watching a Barcelona vs Real Madrid game in the Europa League, it just wouldn’t feel right. It’s a huge game and hopefully it’s a fixture that is deciding titles and European Cups in the next few years.
"If Liverpool can take a lead, even if it’s 2-1 and they score an away goal, I would bite your hand off.”
Liverpool head into the match on the back of a good run of form, which has seen them win their last two outings since the League Cup final.
Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Manchester City 3-0 at the start of the month, before triumphing over Crystal Palace with ten men last weekend.
United have also picked up their performances in recent weeks, although they were poor against West Bromwich Albion in their most recent match.
The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 by the Baggies last Sunday, with Juan Mata picking up a red card in the fixture.
The winner of Liverpool's two-legged tie against Manchester United will book their place in the last eight of the Europa League.