EPL 2016-17: Manchester United advised to use Burnley as inspiration to beat Liverpool by Thierry Henry
With Manchester United traveling to face their arch rivals Liverpool on Monday, Thierry Henry has offered some advice to the Jose Mourinho side about how to play against the high pressing Reds. Henry has said that Mourinho should implement his side the way Burnley did against Liverpool as the Sean Dyche managed Burnley managed a huge upset in beating the Reds 2-0 in the second match of this season.
Jurgen Klopp's men were riding high on confidence after scoring four goals against Arsenal but were given a harsh lesson against newly promoted Burnley. The Clarinets applied a low block against Liverpool, soaking all of their opponents' pressure and hit them perfectly on the counter as Liverpool's attacking players could not get past the resolute Burnley defence. Henry advised that Manchester United should use Burnley's performance as an inspiration to beat Liverpool at Anfield.
"At the minute United are not playing extremely well. They have got some results but they are not playing extremely well. Last year the Manchester United of Louis van Gaal used to manage these games really well and maybe not the others. It's how they are going to respond to what Liverpool throw at them and what face they are going to show," quipped the Frenchman.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to play as a solo striker for the Red Devils, Henry continued “If United can skip Liverpool's pressure, play a long pass, not a long ball into Zlatan, if he plays, and then play from there, maybe that can be a tactic. It can be a way to play against them and it worked very well for Burnley.”
The Swede started his United career with a bang as he scored four league goals in August but is currently experiencing a slight slump in his form as the 34-year-old has failed to score on the last three occasions.
Liverpool and Manchester United have issued a strict warning to their fans of any wrongful chanting and has asked both sets of fans to maintain peace ahead of the big game tomorrow. Liverpool sit fourth in the league table while the Red Devils are sixth, three points behind Klopp's men as the hosts can go on top of the table if they beat United by a four-goal margin.