BURNLEY’S surprise 2-0 win over Liverpool back in August can serve as inspiration to Manchester United, claims Thierry Henry.
Sean Dyche’s promoted side shocked Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Reds, who netted four at Arsenal the previous week.
Soaking up Liverpool’s pressure, Burnley made the most of their few chances on the counter and comfortably shut down Klopp’s array of attacking talent.
United face the same task tomorrow night at Anfield (8pm), where defeat for Jose Mourinho’s side will open up a six-point gap between the north-west rivals.
But Henry believes United can take a lot from Burnley’s performance, having been the only team to beat Liverpool in all competitions this term.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to start up top again for the Red Devils, and Arsenal legend Henry insists he must play a similar role to that of Clarets striker Sam Vokes.
“At the minute they [United] are not playing extremely well,” Henry told Sky Sports. “They have got some results but they are not playing extremely well.
“Last year the Manchester United of Louis van Gaal used to manage these games really well and maybe not the others.
“It’s how they are going to respond to what Liverpool throw at them and what face they are going to show.
“If United can skip Liverpool’s pressure, play a long pass – not a long ball – into Zlatan, if he plays, and then play from there, maybe that can be a tactic. It can be a way to play against them and it worked very well for Burnley.”
United’s reliance on Ibrahimovic could be risky, with the experienced Swede having hit a small bump in form.
Following a bright start with four quick Premier League goals, he’s failed to net in the previous three top-flight outings.