Paul Scholes acknowledged that he never expected Manchester United and Liverpool’s fortunes to shift so swiftly to the point where his former club is favored in their match at Anfield
Erik ten Hag’s club travels to Merseyside tonight (4.30pm GMT kick-off) with a 10-point lead over Jurgen Klopp‘s side, who have been wildly unreliable this season.
Ten Hag has significantly improved United. They are still considered potential title competitors to Arsenal and Manchester City, while Liverpool is fighting to finish in the top four.
This is a vast cry from last season, when United fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and struggled under interim manager Ralf Rangnick. They were defeated by Liverpool in both league games by a combined score of 9-0.
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“Not a chance,” Scholes said when asked if he expected United to be 10 points ahead of Liverpool in the current league table.
The former Manchester United midfielder described the club’s 4-0 thrashing at Anfield at the end of last season as a low point. He couldn’t see a way out.
“I was working on the game that night. “The teams were thousands of miles apart,” Scholes remarked.
“I’ve been taken aback by Liverpool’s season. I was genuinely thinking on here that Liverpool had a good chance of winning the league this year. I was completely mistaken.”
Scholes was full of admiration for United, who have ended a six-year trophy drought under Ten Hag and are still vying for an unthinkable quadruple this season.
“The improvements this new management has made have been off the scale,” he remarked. Even this season, you think after the first two games ‘Oh we are in trouble again’.
“Yet he has brought personalities and traits into the team. You recall Casemiro and Martinez. These are true leaders who have brought