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Manchester Evening News
Liam Wood

Pundit issues alarming warning to Manchester United before Liverpool showdown

Cristiano Ronaldo saved Manchester United with a stunning hat-trick against Norwich City, but even he might not be able to prevent them from being 'hammered' by arch-rivals Liverpool. That's the verdict from Ian Wright after he watched Ronaldo drag United right back into the top-four mix.

The 37-year-old opened the scoring inside seven minutes and made it 2-0 before rock-bottom Norwich staged an initial comeback at Old Trafford. They equalised shortly after half-time through Teemu Pukki.

Of course, that man Ronaldo went on to conjure up some trademark late heroics as he completed his hat-trick and sealed all three points with a swerving free-kick. It took his tally to 15 in the Premier League this season. Next up for United is a daunting trip to Anfield to take on a Liverpool side who remain in the title race. Jurgen Klopp's side served up a 5-0 demolition job when they collided in the corresponding fixture at Old Trafford in October.

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Speaking to Premier League Productions, pundit Wright said: "If he [Ronaldo] wasn't at Manchester United they would be nowhere near where they are now. That's what you pay for and he's delivered. He's amazing."

Wright added: "We're talking about a team at the bottom of the league [Norwich] and they gave United two goals, literally - and they were still able to open United up. If they play like that against Liverpool then United are going to get absolutely hammered."

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