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Didi Hamann Outlines Why He Expects Man Utd To Beat Liverpool Next Week

Didi Hamann Outlines Why He Expects Man Utd To Beat Liverpool Next Week
By Mikey Traynor

The accusation of bias is something every former footballer who gives their opinion on the modern game will have to face from fans of rivals teams to the ones they played for, but that certainly can not be said of former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann after his appearance on Sky Sports this afternoon.

Manchester United face Liverpool on Sunday in what Sky are giving the boxing-style promotion to for 'MERSEYSIDE vs MANCHESTER' as Super Sunday also features Everton vs Man City, and Hamann believes that Jose Mourinho's men have the edge going into the highly anticipated fixture.

United have been on a fantastic run of late that has catapulted them back into the mix when most had written their season off to rebuilding after a run of disappointing home results in the Premier League through October and November, but a win at home to Liverpool would go a long way if the club are determined to contest a title race.

And that is something Didi Hamann belives will happen. Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Liverpool man honestly admitted that United's current run coupled by the absence of Sadio Mané gave him the feeling that the club with which he won the Champions League in 2005 would come up short on Sunday.

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At the start of the season I tipped him to win the Premier League. Whether a 10-point lead for Chelsea is too much I'm not sure, but I still believe United have the most talented squad and once Mourinho's teams get going they can be very hard to stop.

You've got to watch out for them in every competition, and in the Premier League I think they'll be a team to watch out for in the coming months.

It's interesting that he touched on Manchester United's nullification of Liverpool at Anfield, as that came about by Mourinho refusing to allow Klopp's side to play at the cost of their own attacking flow, something that will not be tolerated at Old Trafford.

Furthermore, the upward surge in United's form will surely see them be less defensive than they were at Anfield after they were made to look particularly vulnerable in the preceding games, so perhaps Liverpool will have more space to create and strike on the counter.

The loss of Mané is of course a big deal for Liverpool, but you get the feeling that this is set up to be a cracking Premier League tie.

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Sadly, we've felt that way about several 'marquee' games this season which have gone on to be utter shite, so here's hoping that doesn't happen at the weekend.

Fair play to Hamann by not opting for the 'safe' approach of refusing to accept that his former team may lose a match, something many pundits do for fear of pissing off the fanbase. Didi doesn't care.

[via Sky Sports]

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