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Andy Mitten: "Difference between Man United and City this season is consistency"

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced he will retire from playing at the end of the season.

Liverpool entered Saturday's match against Manchester United as the Premier League's in-form side, having outperformed Manchester City in 2018 and looking likely to finish next best to them in the final table.

The France global midfielder was a late withdrawal from the Red Devils folds to face Liverpool in Premier League competition on Saturday.

'A young kid just coming to Manchester United, and we needed to win every year.

With Manchester United now trailing table-topping Manchester City by 13 points and likely to finish a distant second this term, Jose Mourinho has plenty of work to do to get his side up to the standard of title challengers ahead of next season.

However, Sevilla's recent form against their closest rivals in La Liga is a concern, and they have it all to do the get the better of a Red Devils side at Old Trafford.

"Frank de Boer - seven matches, seven defeats [sic], zero goals - where he was saying that it was not good for Marcus Rashford to have a coach like me because the most important thing for me is to win".

Son was entrusted to move into the centre-forward role once Kane departed and showed he can deputise for Spurs' talisman with his sixth and seventh goals in his last four games to take his tally for the season to 18. "This isn't a vintage United side, but it's not as bad as the detractors would suggest", Andy Mitten, editor of the United We Stand fanzine, said.

Both Giroud and the out-of-form Alvaro Morata were left out of Chelsea's line-up for the 1-1 draw against Barca in the last 16 first leg as Conte preferred to use Eden Hazard as a "false nine". That classic game, in 1998, ended 3-3.

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The expectations created by United's illustrious name and their roster of big name players far exceeded the actual level of their performance in Andalusia. Defeat will nearly certainly mean their cross-town rivals clinch the title that day, so maybe the end will justify the means for fans, who have no desire to watch their rivals celebrate the title on derby day.

There has been much speculation about the future of Pogba at the Old Trafford. "As if any of that rhetoric will have any bearing on the harsh reality facing Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard for that matter", Crooks wrote in his Team of the Week column for BBC Sport.

It remains to be seen what role, if any, Pogba plays in those fixtures as is going to be short of match sharpness. With Mourinho at the helm, it is possible that United's struggles could be over.

The 200th league matchup between United and Liverpool, wasn't the most glamorous of games, but it was fascinating in its own right.

"I would sign right now to draw 1-1 at Manchester". In fact, against the top four, the club have conceded 20 goals and scored just three.

Players like Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, and Marouane Fellaini appear to be undeserving for a place in this United squad.

It has also been said - rightly - that atmosphere is lacking at Old Trafford, but that was not the case on Saturday.

The last time United made it into the knockout stage, Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager. "I'm not upset at all with that reaction", insisted Mourinho. A flawless example of this is in the Liverpool game. But, at the same time, United did earn their victory. It was about time. He could start on the left flank in the attack with Alexis Sanchez keeping his place as a CAM.

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five games across all competitions.


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