Jamie Carragher accused Manchester United of having an ‘Everton mentality’ and acting like a ‘small team’ during their goalless draw against Liverpool on Sunday, as he told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.
The former Liverpool defender was involved in a heated debate with Gary Neville on MNF when Carragher likened the current Premier League leaders to Everton.
Neville was defending Man United’s performance against a makeshift Liverpool side and the leaders seemingly being happy with a draw despite it possibly being their best chance to win at Anfield.
But Carragher wasn’t having any of it from his fellow pundit and he aimed a brutal jibe at Everton whilst trying to rubbish the Manchester United claims from Neville.
“You are talking like Manchester United are a small team,” said Carragher. “I likened them to an Everton mentality and what I mean by that is when I was a kid going to Anfield as an Everton fan. ‘Oh my God, if we got a draw it was the biggest thing in the world’.
“You said in the game that if this wasn’t the name of Liverpool and if this wasn’t Anfield then Manchester United would play completely different.
“That statement alone shows the lack of mentality to take the ball. It wasn’t the Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool of the last three years. There are no fans. You are up against midfield players at the back.
“What’s this journey? You are talking about Manchester United like they are this small club. It’s Manchester United.”
Given Liverpool’s injuries, Jurgen Klopp played Jordan Henderson and Fabinho at the back, with Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum in the middle of the park.
That meant that Henderson and Fabinho’s presence, defensive intelligence, aggression and combative style was missing from their usually consistent and workman-like midfield.
Man United had the better of the chances, but it didn’t feel like Liverpool were playing with a makeshift team, nor the fact that their key players – Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez – were missing from the XI.