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Johnson made 200 appearances for the Reds, and won the League Cup during his 6-year sting at Anfield.
Speaking to Genting, the right back stated: "At the moment, 100% [Liverpool are a more attractive club than Manchester United]. It's a no brainer."
"There was a period where players would want to go to United but those days are gone. United are miles away from being an attractive prospect and are miles behind Liverpool,"
United supporters have been hoping that this summer marks the beginning of a significant rebuilding process at their club.
Erik ten Hag has arrived as the new manager, and the performance improvement during pre-season has been notable.
But fans have been left frustrated by the lack of transfer activity. The club have sold just one player and let go 5 as free agents.
The likes of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly still remain despite barely featuring for the Red Devils in recent seasons.
Regarding incomings, only 3 players have been signed by United.
Tyrell Malacia joined from Feyenoord for roughly £10 million, to compete with Alex Telles and Luke Shaw at left-back.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen has been signed on a free transfer and centre-back Lisandro Martinez has arrived from Ajax in a deal worth more than £50 million.
United's dealings so far suggest Johnson is right, the calibre of player they are attracting is not where it used to be.
Their Premier League rivals Liverpool have smashed their transfer record to sign Darwin Nunez, and Manchester City have brought in Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
United's key target, Frenkie De Jong, would seemingly rather stay at Barcelona and defer his wages further than move to Manchester.
Despite possessing a notable lack of numbers in the midfield engine room, it’s unclear who United would target if their pursuit of de Jong does indeed fall through.
Right now, Liverpool and Man City are certainly a more attractive proposition for new signings than Manchester United.
And one suspects it’ll be quite a while until that changes.