Steven Gerrard thinks that Jose Mourinho gives Manchester United a slight edge over Liverpool in the Champions League this season.
The Red Devils came through a tough match against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night to win 2-1 and progress to the last-16 of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Liverpool face Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday with only a draw needed to progress to the latter stages.
And although Gerrard expects the Reds to be more impressive against the bigger clubs, he reckons United might go further thanks to Mourinho’s tactical nous.
When asked which Premier League side would progress the furthest in the Champions League, Gerrard told BT Sport: “I think Mourinho gives United that small chance.
“I think against the best teams they [Liverpool] look better to me than Manchester United.
“But with Mourinho you’ve just got that small chance because he can set a team up in any given game and get that important result.
“He can go away to a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and nick a 1-0 because of the way he sets his team up.”
And fellow pundit Paul Scholes agreed that the Mourinho factor could give United that edge over other English sides.
“I think any of them are capable of going a long way in the tournament. There’s some really good teams left in it. Manchester City and Liverpool,” Scholes said.
“Liverpool at home are deadly and away they are good as well.
“But at home they can outscore any team.
“There’s better teams than Manchester United in the tournament, but the experience of Mourinho and what he’s done in this competition – it gives them a chance.”