Dwight Yorke wouldn’t be at all surprised to see United leading the way at the top of the Barclays Premier League table on Sunday night and in pole position to seal a record 19th title.
The former Reds and Sunderland striker, who has been training at Carrington for the last two days in preparation for his appearance at United Relief on Saturday, insists it’s “a myth” that Liverpool won’t be interested in securing a positive result against Chelsea even though it would give United’s title chances a serious boost.
Sir Alex’s men would still have a job to do at the Stadium of Light later that afternoon, but Yorke has a feeling it could turn out to be a positive weekend for his former team.
“It's a myth to think Liverpool are going to throw it in. Professionals don't just turn up and give up a game,” insisted the former Trinidad and Tobago international. “There is a lot riding on the game for Liverpool in terms of trying to clinch fourth spot and they will want to give themselves a fighting chance of getting that place.
“The mood is confident amongst the lads, but they know Sunderland can be a tricky place to go,” added Yorke, who was a Treble winner with the Reds in 1999. “Steve Bruce has done a fantastic job in getting Sunderland to mid-table – at one stage they couldn’t buy a win, but he’s turned that around and credit to him and his players for that.
“Over the years United have gone there and got good results and if they play to their capabilities on Sunday, which I’m sure they will, there will only be one winner out there.”
If things go United's way at Anfield with a draw or a win for Liverpool, the Reds know they must make sure they capitalise on the opportunity when they travel to Wearside.
"This is the time when the manager is very good because he’s been in this position so many times before," declared Yorke.
"He keeps things nice and calm around the dressing room so you don’t feel too tense when you go out onto the pitch.