Manchester United defender wary of Sturridge
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has admitted that the Red Devils will have to be at their best to cope with rising star Daniel Sturridge in their clash with Liverpool this weekend.
‘He is a cracking player,’ said Jones in the Daily Mail. ’He’s one that we’ll work on and watch out for.’
Indeed the Reds front man’s form has been scintillating since joining from Chelsea in January for a bargain £13 million.
With 15 goals from 19 appearances, Sturridge has quietly and effectively gone about his business, while the world wondered what Liverpool would do without Luis Suarez.
The form book
The Merseyside Club are definitely the in-form team, currently with three straight wins and two clean sheets, as compared to United’s one win and one draw.
Liverpool have started all their games at a ferocious pace, dominating the opposition with manager Brendan Rogers’ fluid passing style.
However, in each game so far this season, they have allowed the opposition back into the game. Most notably against Notts County in their four – two nervy Capital One cup Victory.
Once again, it was the former Chelsea striker who netted the winner.
The RVP factor
Having been outplayed for vast segments of the first half by Swansea, it was a clinical finish by Robin van Persie that tipped the balance and allowed United to do what they instinctively do so well, kill teams off. The Dutchman is essential to United’s success, in this game and for the rest of the season.
Rogers also has the additional concerns of injuries to defenders Kolo Toure and newly signed Aly Cissokho to contend with.
‘It’s never easy going to Anfield, they put you under a lot of pressure,’ said Jones in the Mail. ’It’s going to be a big game for the players and manager.’
Former Everton manager David Moyes will be all too aware of this fact, having never won a game at Anfield in his eleven years in top flight management.
It is a world cup year and Sturridge has something to prove, as evidenced by his world-class performances in 2013.
Phil Jones and company might well be concerned going to a hostile ground, especially given the ambitions of an in-form striker desperate to realise his potential on the big stage.