Gary Neville mocked a Liverpool banner that supporters flew over Anfield during the team’s 1-0 defeat against Fulham.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped well behind the pair of Manchester clubs and are now in danger of missing out on Champions League football altogether.
In an attempt to galvanise supporters and back the team among growing unrest amid those on Merseyside, a group of fans organised for a banner to be flown over Anfield during the Reds’ match against Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
The banner said: “Unity is strength. Let’s go Reds. YNWA.”
Of course, United fans had a field day with this, including Neville, who retweeted an image of the banner with five laughing emojis, clearly showing what he thought of it all.
Neville later tweeted out “a little production” ahead of United’s trip to Etihad, further twisting the knife into Liverpool fans’ side.
On his way to the Etihad to cover the game for Sky Sports, Neville said in a video on his Twitter: “So, I’m just about to walk into the Etihad for the Manchester derby. A little look there for you,” turning the camera round to show the outside of the stadium.
He then added: “Good record here United. Last year or two. Ole’s got a decent record as well, against Pep, which not many managers have. But remember, the most important thing today is [what] the plane that flew over Liverpool us: ‘unity is strength’,” before reeling off, chuckling.
United will be hoping for better fortunes than Liverpool have suffered in recent weeks when they face City in the Manchester derby.
Guardiola’s side have won their last 21 games in a row, a record in English football, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that this is the perfect match for his team to rediscover their attacking spark after failing to score in their last three matches.
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Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were frustrated for the third goalless game in succession, dropping more points to allow Man City to streak away at the Premier League’s summit, on a poor day for the forwards.
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“It’s always the perfect game to get everyone going again,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports News. “You get tested against a very good team, in form. As a Manchester United player, we know how much this means for our fans.
“For this team, we’ve had some of our best moments against City, away and at home. We’ve seen how we can do it. You’ve got to defend well, and you’ve got to attack well.
“When you walk on to the pitch, and you play a team that is in such a good vein of form, you know that you have to perform.
“The butterflies come into play, you know, the blood is boiling, you’re getting ready, thinking, ‘This is a test for me and this is a challenge’.
“These are the challenges you sign up to when you sign for Man United because you perform in these big games, that’s the next step for us.”