Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson predicts Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Ex Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has offered his prediction ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Villa Park on Thursday.

Speaking to the BBC, the 57 year old said: “Villa were unlucky to end up empty-handed at Anfield on Sunday. They were well organised at the back and tried to get men forward on the break when they could, just without creating many chances.

“It could quite easily have stayed at 0-0 though, and that game was the perfect example of where the bigger club with the better bench was able to make substitutions to win the game.

“Liverpool could do that because, since football restarted amid the coronavirus pandemic, teams are allowed to use five subs now, instead of three.

“I don’t think there was any need to make a change to the laws of the game there whatsoever, and what it does is give all the top teams with more depth in their squad an extra chance to make that quality count.

“It is a factor in why the bottom four have picked up so few points since the restart, and it is another problem for Villa in this game too.

“United have got so many options up front, and if things aren’t working for them they can just bring someone else on instead.”

Lawrenson went on to predict a 2-0 victory for United, but it must be said that our boys need to approach the match as seriously as we have to other games since the restart.

With five games to go, and Chelsea still two points ahead of us, every match is a must-win.