CARRA CHOOSES OLD TRAF­FORD

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By PHILIP CAD­DEN

JAMIE CAR­RAGHER has shocked Liver­pool fans by tip­ping arch ri­vals Man United to fin­ish higher in the league.

The Kop legend con­cedes that the work­load of play­ing in four com­pe­ti­tions will af­fect Bren­dan Rodgers’ men.

Liver­pool have had a poor start to their league cam­paign, ly­ing in 14th spot with just seven points from their open­ing six games.

Car­ragher

(right)

said: “I’d prob­a­bly just side with Man United be­cause they have fewer games. Not be­cause I think they are a bet­ter side.

“If Liver­pool and Manch­ester United were both just play­ing the league games then I’d say Liver­pool would fin­ish higher.

“Liver­pool had the same ad­van­tage last sea­son. We know that.

“But the only thing that makes me say Man United is the sit­u­a­tion they are in com­pared to Liver­pool.”

United, ly­ing sev­enth with one more point than their North West en­e­mies, have also had a poor start to the new cam­paign un­der Louis van Gaal.

But Gary Neville in­sists the ex­tra prepa­ra­tion will see the Red Devils re­turn to the top four fol­low­ing a mis­er­able sea­son last term.

Neville said: “I said at the start of the sea­son that United would fin­ish in the top four.

“A big fac­tor is that United will have that clear run.

“They both have prob­lems and it is who­ever or­gan­ises them­selves quicker. But with Liver­pool just now, their run of fix­tures have not re­ally started yet.

“With United hav­ing six or seven days be­tween each match then they will have bet­ter prepa­ra­tion time.” SCOTT PARKER reck­ons Ful­ham can add to Satur­day’s long-awaited first win of the sea­son and make it two on the trot by beat­ing fel­low cel­lar-dwellers Bolton.

Care­taker boss Kit Sy­mons over­saw a 2-1 suc­cess at Birm­ing­ham and could get the job per­ma­nently if he can mas­ter­mind another.

Parker said: “It was a mas­sive win and the chang­ing room was bounc­ing – ob­vi­ously we hadn’t had a win all sea­son so it was very pleas­ing.

“Hope­fully now we can go into the Bolton game and win again.”

Bolton are also in the bot­tom three after a 2-0 home loss to Derby.

Boss Dougie Freed­man in­sisted: “I know what is needed now. I can fix it.”

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