Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar has said that it would be “harsh” if the coronavirus pandemic denies Liverpool FC their first English Premier League title.

The Reds, who have not won the league in as many as 30 years, are just two wins away from clinching the title. When the season was halted in March, the Premier League had said it would resume the 2019-20 season from May 17.

However, the U.K. has been one of the most affected countries and the government recently made it clear that no sports tournaments will return before June 1. While Premier League is aiming to restart the current campaign in June, a lot of top players including Sergio Aguero, Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling have raised concerns about playing despite the virus crisis.

Van der Sar, who made 186 appearances for Man Utd between 2005 and 2011, has surprised fans by showing support for their arch-rivals, Liverpool, who are currently managed by Jurgen Klopp.

Roberto Firmino celebrates his goal with Jurgen Klopp
Roberto Firmino celebrates his goal with Jurgen Klopp AFP / Giuseppe CACACE

“In my view, with the type of football they played and the points they are ahead, it would be extremely harsh. The Premier League is a well-run league and of course there are big interests on the financial side, the commercial sides."

"But I'm sure they will make a wise decision if they keep on playing or if the league stops, what the results will be depending on for Champions League places, relegation or awarding a title to Liverpool. If the league doesn't resume, I presume everybody will be OK if Liverpool wins the title,” the former goalkeeper told CNN Sport.

Meanwhile, speaking about the current Man Utd side under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Van der Sar has insisted that the team is on the right path but they still need a couple of signings to compete with Liverpool for the Premier League title next season.

“The honeymoon period was great. Then they hit a rocky patch and I think the last seven, eight, nine weeks, they've been playing better football. The points were coming in. They had some good results against good teams also."

"Of course, for them, I hope that the league is going to resume because they probably will need those Champions League places. I think the main thing for them is to focus on the next season and, hopefully with two or three additions, they'll be competitive again to Liverpool and Manchester City,” the 49-year-old, who had also represented the likes of Juventus and Ajax during his playing career, added further.