Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have disagreed over Manchester United's prospects of winning the Premier League title this season ahead of this afternoon's clash with Liverpool.

The two sides go head-to-head at Old Trafford for the first time with a crowd present since January 2020, meaning there is no shortage of excitement surrounding the contest.

For United, the outcome of the encounter could prove to be vital in their aspirations of winning the title this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side come into the game without a win in their last three Premier League outings, eight points behind current league leaders Chelsea.

Liverpool will arrive at Old Trafford as red-hot favourites, boasting the Premier League's only remaining unbeaten run this season, as well as a 21-game unbeaten run in all competitions dating back to last season.

And former Liverpool man Carragher — who has already admitted that he could see United winning this afternoon's contest — has warned that failure to win will spell the end of their title prospects for another season.

Carragher told Sky Sports : "Liverpool have struggled under Jurgen Klopp, in terms of coming here [Old Trafford] and winning the game. They haven't lost too often here, I don't think.

"I think their record under Jurgen Klopp against United is pretty good, in terms of not losing. But in terms of coming here when they have been going for the league and you're thinking: 'Go on and sort of make that big step'.

"I think today is a big game for Liverpool because I don't think too many people think they can win the league. I think people see them as being just a little bit short of City. They have played two of their rivals already, both of them, and haven't quite convinced in either of those games, in terms of performances and Chelsea having 10 men.

"I think if they come here today, win and go second in the table, a lot of people will really stand up and take notice.

"You mentioned before about if Liverpool win, is that United out of the title race. One hundred per cent that is United out of the title race."

Alongside Carragher was former United man Neville, who adopted an even darker outlook on his old side's chances of winning the title this term, insisting he doesn't think they can become champions of England this season even if they come out on top this afternoon.

Neville responded: "Look, I think for Manchester United to sit here at the end of the day today and be eight points behind Chelsea, be seven points behind Liverpool and be six behind City with the run of games that they have had, it would be a devastatingly bad start.

"I think it would be a terrible start to the season because they have had a really good run of fixtures. For me, I think it is the unthinkable.

"I don't think Manchester United can win the title if they win today, so it doesn't change my mind. But in terms of what it would do in terms of confidence it would be a really bad one to go that far behind of the three main teams."

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