Jamie Carragher believes Manchester City boss will fear derby rivals Manchester United ahead of Wednesday meeting. Following a 4-0 thrashing by Everton in the weekend.
United had arguably their worst performance of the season, and while it sounds quite odd, Carragher won’t be completely banking on City’s superiority, with Pep Guardiola probably cautious of a reaction from the red devils having let down the club faithful against Everton.
“I think if United would have won 4-0 at Everton as opposed to what’s happened I think there could be a big performance.” Jamie Carragher said.
“I think Pep Guardiola will be thinking ‘I didn’t want that.
“I know that might sound strange but Pep Guardiola will be thinking it’s a derby game, they lost 4-0, the reaction, even the crowd.
“People are saying they want City to win [the title], of course they do, okay fair enough, that’s football, that’s fans but even as a Man Utd supporter watching that yesterday they don’t want to go to Old Trafford on Wednesday and watch their team get beat three or four nil again.”
It’s impossible to imagine Manchester United any worse than they were against Everton, and Jamie Carragher is expecting a much better performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side when they meet with City in what could be the Premier League title decider.
“I do expect a performance, I think there will be one.
“I don’t know if Manchester United will get a result but we’ve all been involved in bad games and what we saw yesterday, we all have one of those a season, where you sort of, you get questioned your attitude, it’s just a bad day.
“Man Utd have had five or six this season and that was that bad and for me the worst since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
“I’ve watched a lot of Manchester United in those years and I think that was the worst.
“De Gea’s apologised on social media, Solskjaer is going to the crowd and apologising, there will have been harsh words at the training ground today.
“Forget the Liverpool, City title and all this stuff that’s getting talked about going into that game.
“I think sometimes when something is that bad, it’s your own personal pride. I mean the whole world will be watching Manchester United now.”
United will have another opportunity to bid for the top four spot, having seen Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur also taste defeat in the weekend. Only Chelsea managed to wriggle free with a single point, and just maybe United may still have a chance to feature in next season’s Champions League competition.