Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has urged the squad to avoid conceding free-kicks if they want to defeat Liverpool this weekend.
United head to Anfield three points clear of the defending champions and victory would double that advantage, putting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the driving seat for the title.
However, United have not won away against Liverpool since 2016 and will have a stern task ahead of them if that record is to improve.
Silvestre believes the game will be settled on fine margins and, in order to emerge victorious, not conceding soft set-pieces will be significant.
“The margin will be very thin this weekend. It’s a game where Manchester United need to avoid giving free-kicks away. Don’t concede corners or soft free-kicks around the box,” he told Ladbrokes.
“That would be my advice because I’d expect everything else to naturally be spot on with the guys.
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Manchester United secured a vital 1-0 victory over Burnley on Tuesday night to go top of the Premier League.
Paul Pogba scored the decisive goal in a hard-fought contest at Turf Moor, meaning United are now three points clear of Liverpool — who they face this weekend at Anfield.
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“Luke Shaw has had a lot of time out through injury but when he has played he’s done very well. He’s been so solid and he’s brought some much-needed consistency.
“He’s getting better and better, and having been at United for a while now it’s good to see him playing a main role in the starting line-up. He’s showing Alex Telles, Brandon Williams and even Aaron Wan-Bissaka the way to play.
“When you play for Manchester United you need to be conscious that there will be competition for places from other international players and the demand and speed of the games means it’s normal to have another guy there to compete against and every day you have to do your best in training and prove why you deserve a place in the starting line-up.”