Manchester United are underdogs against Liverpool claims David Moyes
Brendan Rodgers warns his opposite number that Red Devils could be out of Champions League for several seasons
March 15th, 2014
One of the biggest Premier League fixtures of the season takes place at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Manchester United looking to keep alive their very slim hopes of finishing in the top four.
Defeat against Liverpool would effectively mean waving goodbye to the Champions League for at least one season, with the prospect of the Red Devils winning this season’s competition looking a remote one after a 2-0 defeat against Olympiakos.
Sir Alex Ferguson never described United as underdogs going into a match against Liverpool, although David Moyes has attempted to put the pressure on Sunday’s visitors by claiming that they are favourites to win the encounter.
Asked if it was accurate to suggest Liverpool are favourites on Sunday, Moyes said: “It may well be. Their league position suggests they’re ahead of us. They possibly do come here favourites.”
Moyes said: “Liverpool and Brendan might have benefited from being out of Europe. Certainly this year we think it’s been a big benefit. I think Liverpool were an improving side last year. A lot of people questioned it but I always felt they would be there or thereabouts.
“Their fixture list … gave them a great opportunity to start the season well. They’ve grown in confidence from that and securing [Luis] Suárez on a new contract has been a big boost for the club.”
Moyes claims he is planning for United to feature in Europe next term although a Europa League spot seems far more likely at the moment, with Brendan Rodgers warning the Scot that his team could be in the Champions League wilderness for seasons to come.
The Liverpool manager said: “This is a worldwide club, a monumental club, but when you’re not in the Champions League we found it difficult because the best players want to play in the best competitions. This was Liverpool and we weren’t in the Champions League and in order to get in some of the type of players we want, that’s where we need to be and are trying to be. Any club will suffer the same when they’re not in there. There is no doubt it will hurt you but they [United] will know that.”