Europa League: Bet on Both Teams to Score as Manchester United Look to Overturn Liverpool’s LeadPublished March 16, 2016
Such was Liverpool’s dominance in the 1st leg at Anfield that they will have come away from the game a little disappointed that the outcome of the tie wasn’t put completely beyond Manchester United’s reach. Even so, there has been little in Manchester United’s performances in almost two years under Louis van Gaal to suggest that they can overturn the two-goal deficit.
Manchester United look short on attacking and creative options as it is, especially when compared to those at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal. Basically if Liverpool score once it really would seem to be curtains for the Red Devils. Does anyone truly believe this Manchester United team could score at least four goals against any semi-decent opposition? If they are to have any chance of prevailing, you have to think that they need big performances from Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata in particular.
The one factor in Manchester United’s favour is that this time it will be Old Trafford that will be a cauldron of noise. If that doesn’t inspire United to come out of the blocks showing some real passion then nothing will. An early goal and they will be right back in business and with the backing of the home support they might, just might, be able to turn things around.
The reality is that without the security of an away goal, United can’t afford to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at Liverpool too early. In all likelihood they are going to have to take a few risks at some stage though and that’s when Liverpool could strike.
It’s almost inconceivable that Van Gaal’s team won’t improve on last week’s performance, but it’s equally unlikely that Liverpool will surrender as easily as United did at Anfield. Liverpool are clear favourites to progress and their desire for a killer away goal makes the ‘Both Teams To Score’ market look worthy of consideration.