Manchester United goalscoring legend Andy Cole predicts a professional performance in the FA Cup third round tomorrow.
The Red Devils host Liverpool in the tie of the tournament thus far, and the former striker can’t see Sir Alex Ferguson letting up against a manager-less Liverpool.
“It’s another important game, and it’s even bigger because it’s against Liverpool. Sir Alex Ferguson will be taking it very, very seriously,” Cole told Givemefootball when asked about the clash.
“I don’t imagine a Manchester United manager would like to lose to Liverpool at Old Trafford in anything.”
Flying in the Barclays Premier League and a Champions League challenge not far in the horizon, the FA Cup could be seen as an opportunity to rest several key players for United.
However, Cole believes last year’s shock defeat to Leeds United at Old Trafford could lead to a more experienced outfit taking the field over the weekend.
“Manchester United have always been challenging for the FA Cup over the years,” he continued.
“Getting knocked out to Leeds last season at home was a surprise, and I’m sure they are saying to themselves let’s not have that happening again and go on and win it.”
A two-time winner of the competition with Manchester United himself, Cole also highlights the romance of the FA Cup as one of its great features.
“The FA Cup provides great romance, because every team dreams of winning it. Whatever team enters, non-league or other, they all believe they have a chance.”