Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes that Manchester United’s first real test will be this Saturday when the team take on their biggest rivals.
All eyes will be on Anfield in the lunchtime kickoff as Liverpool look to inflict defeat on their enemies, which would be the first time that Jose Mourinho’s men have lost this season.
A 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions is a very bright start for the Red Devils, but Fowler has played down the achievement on account of the opponents faced.
In the league, United have played against West Ham United, Swansea City, Leicester City, Stoke City, Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace – none of which are currently in the top half of the table.
Mourinho’s team have won six and drawn one, conceding just two goals in that time, and as a result, sit second in the league table.
Manchester City are on the same points but occupy top spot due to a slightly superior goal difference.
Liverpool are seventh and as many points adrift of United, but Fowler thinks that the Red Devils’ run must be put into perspective.
The former striker told the Daily Mail:
“If you look at the fixtures — I’m not having a go at Manchester United here — but the run that they’ve had, they’ve played teams who, on paper, they should be beating.
“Without sounding disrespectful to them, now you’ll see over maybe the next month or so, with the run of fixtures they’ve got, what sort of team that really is. They’ve done well. Football is a confidence thing, and that breeds confidence.”