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Former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise has explained the sole reason he doesn’t think Manchester United will be there in May as the main contenders for the Premier League title.
The Red Devils are currently at the top of the table after beating Burnley in the middle of the week, and now they face a big game against reigning champion Liverpool this weekend.
It’s a great opportunity for United, who could be six points clear with a win over Jurgen Klopp’s side, but Riise predicts a 3-1 win for his former club on Sunday.
The former Norway international also feels that United is too reliant on Bruno Fernandes to be true title contenders, as he pointed out that players like Liverpool and Manchester City have teams full of top-notch players they can trust.
That certainly doesn’t seem to be the case for Man Utd in the same way, even if Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are also very capable of great performances back in the day.
Neither has been consistent enough, with Fernandes by far the club’s most prominent player since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Riise, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at their launch of the 5-A-Side bet on Liverpool v Man United, said: “I think both teams will think they can hurt Sunday’s opponents by taking advantage of their defense, which makes for a great game. I’m going for a 3-1 win for Liverpool.
“However, Manchester United is very dependent on Bruno Fernandes. If he’s out for any reason this season, they’ll be in trouble. That’s why I don’t think United will be there in May, because they depend too much on that player. Man City and Liverpool have so many players they can carry the team; Man United only has one. “