THE international break probably came at the perfect time for Man Utd.
After a sorry 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, Ole's men must now prepare for the visit of unbeaten table-toppers Liverpool to Old Trafford – but look set to be without David de Gea and Paul Pogba.
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MANCHESTER UNITED are counting down the hours until their crunch clash against Liverpool.
A defeat will undoubtedly heap more pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but is a victory REALLY expected against top-of-the-table Liverpool.
Solskjaer certainly thinks so – he has come out and said it is not in the club's DNA to 'play for draws'.
MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly preparing for another takeover bid of more than £3billion from the Saudi Royal Family.
It is believed two offers have already been rejected out of hand by the incumbent Glazer family.
But last week SunSport exclusively revealed that co-owner Kevin Glazer is prepared to sell his 13 per cent stake in the club.
And now The Mirror is reporting Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is ready to go back in again for an Old Trafford takeover.
JOE JORDAN knows what it feels like to be a Manchester United player in the midst of a horror slump.
Hated rivals Liverpool are European champions and United are struggling to recapture past glories — the same situation Jordan faced during his Old Trafford career.
And the parallels between then and now, of the struggles to bring back the success United enjoyed under Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, are not lost on the Scotland legend.
Reminiscing in his Victorian home in Bristol, Jordan said:“There is a burden. There’s everything that goes with it.
“Some people say it’s the biggest club in the world and it’s certainly up there.
“I can see players there now who are suffering under that pressure — because things aren’t going well.
“You’re looking for the experienced players to have the composure. At the moment, I don’t see that.”
And casting his mind back four decades, Jordan recalled: “Like the team now, the Manchester United I went to had had a slump.
“They’d had a relegation and there had been changes of manager.
“It was tough for me and everyone else. They were trying to get the club going again, back to what they had been used to with Sir Matt and Denis Law and Bobby Charlton and George Best.
“The task was to be ahead of Liverpool. At Manchester United, a club of that stature, it was a pressure, to try to match them.”
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