Pre Match Video
Louis van Gaal insists that Manchester United can overturn a 2-0 deficit against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Thursday (17th March) and reach the Europa League quarter-finals.
“Tomorrow we only have to think that we beat Liverpool. And we have to beat them 2-0, not 3-0. Because we can do that also in extra time. We have to do it in 90 minutes, 2-0. Then we have the chance to overcome them and go into the next round. First, 2-0. And you know that we have scored goals within three or four minutes this season. So it is possible.”
“I think the challenge is to beat Liverpool and the challenge is that we are two goals down – it’s a big challenge. And we have to believe in it. It starts with the players of course but it starts also with the fans because the fans have a lot of impact on the pitch. I have spoken only with the players about the victory and we have to believe in it.”
Despite carrying forward a two-nil advantage from the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie against Manchester United, manager Jurgen Klopp warned against complacency ahead of the second leg away at Old Trafford on Thursday (17th March).
“Since I’ve been here this is the third time that we’ve played against Man United and we were always in the game in all three games. So that’s an important sign for us. The world doesn’t change overnight. It’s absolutely clear there’s a chance for Man United, one hundred per cent, that’s football, everything can happen. But we know that we know how to play them. That’s another truth. It doesn’t mean that it’s easy for us, we have to work for this really hard, we have to concentrate, we need to be brave, aggressive in a legal way. That’s all clear. I don’t think too much about what will happen tomorrow night.”
“We will decide how good the atmosphere is tomorrow with our performance. How many Liverpool fans are here? Three thousand? That’s enough. Three thousand is a really good number and if they give their best I’m sure we will take this and try to keep up our performance. That’s how it is. It’s not the Man United crowd against the Liverpool crowd, it’s the two teams against each other and the performance is always one reason for the atmosphere. So we want to do our best and it will mean it’s difficult to enjoy the game for Man United.”
Liverpool subs: Ward, Toure, Benteke, Allen, Origi, Ibe, Smith.
Liverpool (4-4-1-1): MiGNolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Milner; Lallana, Henderson, Can, Coutinho; Firmino; Sturridge.
Manchester United subs: Romero, Williams, Memphis, Valencia, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Darmian.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Fellaini; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford.