Tuesday 25 July 2017

'They're much better on form in the last 10 matches' - John Giles bluntly compares Man United and Liverpool

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United give instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United give instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

It might not be possible for a league table to lie, but the current Premier League standings don't really give the full picture of how certain teams are performing at the moment.

Liverpool are in fifth, currently one point and one place above Manchester United, but have played one game more than their rivals and have only managed one win in their seven league games in 2017.

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After a patchy start to Jose Mourinho's Old Trafford reign, United appear to finally be playing how their manager wants, with the club winning the League Cup last Sunday to deliver the Portuguese tactician his first major trophy in charge.

Although Jurgen Klopp's side maintain a narrow advantage over Mourinho's men in the league, John Giles thinks the two sides are going in distinctly opposite directions - even if United may not be as far along as their manager claims.

Giles was his usual forthright self when comparing the two sides on Off The Ball tonight on Newstalk.

"Liverpool are going in the wrong direction, Manchester United are going in the right direction," Giles said.

"They're much better on form in the last 10 matches than Liverpool have been. Liverpool have been having an absolute nightmare.

"But I don't think they've played as well as Mourinho thinks they've played or has said that they have played. Even in the League Cup final last week, I thought they were a bit lucky to win that match. Southampton were very good. But they have done it, they're up there and they're odds on to beat Bournemouth at the weekend so they are going in the right direction results-wise." 

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