Manchester United legend and club ambassador Dwight Yorke believes United’s biggest rivals are Manchester City and not Liverpool, ahead of the crucial league encounter between United and Liverpool at Anfield on Monday.
Liverpool under Klopp have had a brilliant start to the Premier League season and sit two points off leaders, Manchester City, going into the game against Mourinho’s United. The Liverpool manager will be wary of the fact that the Merseyside club hasn’t picked up a point at Anfield against their old rivals since 2014.
Yorke believes the old history and intensity between the clubs is still present but has fizzled out, with the turn of events in the modern game, and the rivalry and competition between the blue half of Manchester and United has become the top derby game in the Premier League.
With Anfield a strong 10000 more , the atmosphere will be a heated frenzy when the two collide. Klopp and Mourinho face off for the first time in the Premier League, under their new respective camps ,with both managers eager to get one over the other.
The former United frontman having said that still knows the weight of the clash on the Premier League title and says the winner, will gain a lot of confidence, pushing into the close of the year. Still premature to call out title favourites, Yorke firmly believes Liverpool are on the right track with their new German manager and will contest strongly for the Premier League crown.
On Mourinho and United, Yorke says United need to be cool and not let the Anfield crowd get to them, thwart Liverpool fast breaks as quickly as possibly and create counter breaks of their own.
Manchester United have finished below Liverpool only twice in the past 13 years and if Mourinho is to mount a serious title challenge, with his star-studded squad, a victory at Anfield will just be what he and Manchester United need to recover from slip-ups against neighbours, City, and Watford.
Yorke’s initial statement about City being the bigger draw over Liverpool in the league for United doesn’t fair well for his club, as United have a dismal record against City in the recent past.
With Klopp and Mourinho at the touch lines on Monday night, there are sure to be fireworks between the two sides at Anfield. The chance at renewing an age-old rivalry with a modern twist, under new circumstances could have United legend Dwight Yorke possibly biting his tongue at the end of this one.