JOHN Aldridge insists Liverpool should be looking to exact revenge when Jose Mourinho’s side visit Anfield in just under a week’s time.
United won both league games last season and, while the Reds conquered them in the Europa League, Jürgen Klopp will be looking to change that as his side continue to try and prove they are genuine title contenders.
Aldo thinks Liverpool have the tools to finish ahead of their rivals but they must show they mean business by beating Mourinho’s men at Anfield.
In his ECHO column, he said: “In terms of the Premier League, we owe United one. They have done the double over us for the past two seasons and we have to put a stop to that.
“Those recent results in the league enabled United to finish above us in the table for the past two years but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be looking down on them come May.
“It’s important that we do because United are going to be one of our contenders for a top-four spot.
“In order to get back in the Champions League, Anfield has to be a fortress for us. We played really well in the home wins over Leicester and Hull, and we need to maintain those standards. United need to be beaten.”
Aldo believes that the fixture carries more weight than it has done in previous years, now that Mourinho is the United manager, and the former Chelsea boss will be guaranteed to get some stick from the home fans.
“The fact that Jose Mourinho is Manchester United manager adds extra spice to a fierce rivalry. It also means that beating them would be even sweeter.
“He’s guaranteed a hostile reception and I think Mourinho’s tactics will be exactly the same as when he brought Chelsea to Anfield in April 2014. Mourinho is a defensive manager and he will park the bus and then try to feed off our mistakes by hitting us on the break.”