Gary McAllister says Liverpool's lead flatters Manchester United

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Liverpool won the first leg of their Europa League tie with Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, and Gary McAllister thinks the Reds could have led by a bigger margin going into the second leg.

Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister said the 2-0 scoreline flattered Manchester United as Liverpool put themselves in the driving seat of their Europa League last-16 tie at Anfield.

A penalty from Daniel Sturridge and a close range strike from Roberto Firmino means United have it all to do ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday, and McAllister believes Louis van Gaal's side were lucky to only be two down.

The Scot told LFCTV after last night's encounter: "I think 2-0 flatters Manchester United, I have got to say that."

McAllister was full of praise for the performance offered up by Jurgen Klopp's side who certainly brought the best out of United's goalkeeper David De Gea - who made a string of fine saves which seems to have kept the tie alive going into the second leg.

"(They were) on the front foot, making it difficult for the opponent in possession, looking dangerous, creating chances. I have to say if it wasn't for De Gea the game would be out of sight - it should have been four or five-nil really but, at two-nil the next goal is major."

If Liverpool were to land the first blow in the return leg, then it would leave United needing to score four to progress to the quarter-finals.

The Reds have a week off to prepare for the second leg while Manchester United have a huge game on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham United to contend with. 

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