The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is well known throughout the world. Sets of fans of both clubs try to tease one another about which team is the biggest in England. Sportbetting odds of both clubs have not helped matter either, though Manchester United have won the league 20 times, compared to the Reds 18, but the Reds have more honours in the Champions League, having won five to United’s three.
This means opinions by rival ex-players may not augur well with fans, though the view of Graeme Souness may well be accepted by the most passionate of United faithfuls. The Liverpool legend has named the player he feels is the best midfield player available to Jose Mourinho and wait for it, it’s not Paul Pogba.
Souness, the former Liverpool captain has said that Michael Carrick stands heads and shoulders above every other midfielder at Old Trafford, though it is not yet clear whether that is a compliment to the United squad. He was speaking while on punditry duty on Sky Sports via Sportreview, after watching the 35 year old deliver a master class performance in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday. He said, “For me, Carrick is still the best central midfielder they have, in terms of holding. I just think he made United look good,”
Mourinho joined Manchester United this summer after former coach Louis Van Gaal was sacked despite winning the FA Cup back in May. Mourinho won the community shield against Leicester, and won his first three league games, yet, it has gone downhill since then. They are currently six points adrift of Arsenal, who occupy the last Champions League spot at the moment. Suffering with injury concerns throughout all positions of his team, he has not had a fully-fit squad to choose his first team from, and has been changing his team week in, week out, something he isn’t known for.
The Old Trafford outfit have only won once in their last top flight games, which is hardly form for a sustained title challenge, compared to their other rivals who are currently sitting pretty at the top ends of the Premier League log.