Manchester United have been urged to take the game to Liverpool when the two sides play each other in Sunday afternoon's huge Old Trafford clash.

Former United midfielder Sammy McIlroy believes that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record against the big teams bodes well for his team and should be ready to play on the front foot.

During the first 12 months in charge, Solskjaer won 7 of the 13 games played against the so-called 'Big Six' but has been unable to keep up that fine form in the two years since, as United made it five league games without a win against Liverpool.

It’s been a mixed season for United so far, winning four of their eight Premier League games and Liverpool’s visit to Manchester is the biggest test in the 2021/22 domestic campaign so far.

In seven games against the Reds, Solskjaer has only beaten them once, a 3-2 win at Old Trafford in last season’s FA Cup.

Liverpool ran out comfortable winners in the same fixture in the league last season but in 2019, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw and the scoreline was 0-0 in 2018.

McIlroy has a feeling that Jurgen Klopp’s side have been scared when visiting Old Trafford in recent seasons and believes an upset is on the cards if United take the game to the visitors.

“Every manager at Manchester United is under pressure,” McIlroy told TalkoftheDevils in an exclusive interview. “Ole’s got a good record against big teams and I’ve always felt that Klopp has come to Old Trafford in the past and almost seemed to have been frightened.

“They’ve come to our ground in the past on good runs and don’t look half the team when it comes to the game. I’m not saying we should go gung ho and leave ourselves exposed but I think if United are positive, they can have a real go and upset them.”

McIlroy was part of the 1977 team that beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

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