Manchester United hero Louis Saha has praised his old side in the wake of their goalless draw with Liverpool on Sunday. The Red Devils were unable to open up a six-point lead over their fierce rivals at Anfield. But they stay top of the Premier League table regardless, two points clear ahead of Manchester City.
United weren’t at their best against Liverpool.
But they did have the better chances of the two teams, with only Alisson Becker preventing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba from finding the net.
United have been criticised in the aftermath of the game, with some criticising them for their negative approach.
But Saha was impressed by the togetherness of the squad, telling the club’s official website: “You need to make sure you hang in there and are tough to beat, that’s the main thing.
“You could see the spirit of the guys [on Sunday], the things that we want to see week in, week out.
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“We know they have the talent and, when on song, they can do the magic, but this is the foundation that needs to come. Then you have all the confidence to express yourself.
“The lack of organisation before, the lack of confidence, maybe fitness, all this combined was the reason why we were not able to compete but I think it was a good response.
“If you look at how far we’ve come since Ole joined, you can see those players getting more and more direction – concrete decision-making – which is what made us very proud on Sunday I think.”
Saha also lauded Pogba, despite the United star’s big miss.
“I still think he’s got a good 20 per cent [more] to give to the team, fitness-wise,” he said.
“He had to recover from COVID-19, he had to fight a lot to be back technically to where he can be.
“Tactically, now with the two sitting midfielders it allows him to bomb forward, whether he’s on the left or the right.
“I think he’s done really well to read the game better. He has to be a pain for the opposition. Sitting too deep is not good for him, but sitting too high is not good either.
“He needs to have that drive to allow him to bombard and give us another option other than Bruno Fernandes. I think it’s a good balance.”
United are next in action against Fulham, Saha’s former club.
And the Frenchman has admitted he’s split over the match, saying: “I do feel a bit torn!
“At the end, some things happened that left a bad taste in some ways, but I can’t be more thankful because they [Fulham] gave me everything in terms of being a football player.
“It was very unique for a striker. I felt Fulham was the family club I needed to perform [for].”
United have already confirmed two injuries ahead of the match against Fulham.
Phil Jones will miss out, with the England international yet to feature in the Premier League this season.
And so too will Brandon Williams.
United won their last match at Old Trafford, beating Watford 1-0 in the FA Cup on January 9.