CARRA CHOOSES OLD TRAFFORD
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.
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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