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Manchester United vs Liverpool – Premier League Preview

Manchester United vs Liverpool - Premier League Preview
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Manchester United renew hostilities with bitter rivals Liverpool, as two of England’s most successful clubs meet each other at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. We will kick off at 16:30PM BST. The game can be watched live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 16:00 PM.

The Red Devils have continued to progress under the watchful eye of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær. A win against our rivals would all but secure our Champions League qualification for next season whilst damaging our opponents’ chances of claiming a place inside the top four. The showdown between these clubs is one of the most eagerly awaited matches in any Premier League season.

United saw out a stalemate 1-1 draw against Leeds last weekend, which was followed by our 6-2 thumping of Italian side Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals.

Manchester United ran out 6-2 winners in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League on Thursday evening. Image credit: Unknown

If this fixture had been against a side outside the top six, then Solskjær may have given some key players a rest. However, given it is Liverpool we are playing this will not be the case as we look to take all three points.

We have not suffered a defeat in the league since the end of January. Across all competitions, we have only had one defeat in the 22 games, which was the shocking loss to now already relegated Sheffield United.

That defeat to the Blades was our sixth at Old Trafford in the 2020/21 season. Our form has improved since then as we are unbeaten in the last 12 home games in all competitions. United will have every confidence heading into this game having put 6 goals past Roma on Thursday evening.

Manchester United Team News

For United, we are still without Anthony Martial along with Phil Jones, who is another long-term absentee from the team. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will have to decide how many changes he will make for this game given the second leg Europa League semi-final in mind. However, with our impressive win on Thursday, it is more likely key players will be rested against Roma rather than Liverpool.

Edinson Cavani is expected to lead the attacking line again. Though Solskjær could continue to manage his game time due to his fitness and age. Mason Greenwood will be hoping he has done enough to warrant a place in the starting eleven after coming off the bench to round off our win against Roma with a goal.

Cavani and Bruno Fernandes will not want to miss this game having scored twice in midweek, whilst Marcus Rashford could play on the right again. He has been involved in five goals in his last four games in all competitions against Liverpool.

One expected change is that Dean Henderson returns in goal after David De Gea deputise on Thursday against Roma.

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani who scored a brace against Roma is expected to lead the line against Liverpool. Image credit: Getty Images

Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup

Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba, and Cavani

United's Predicted Lineup Against Liverpool
United’s predicted lineup against Liverpool.

Opposition Preview

The defence of the Premier League title has ended in dismal fashion for Liverpool. They are currently struggling to finish inside the top-four come the end of the season. This game undoubtedly is bigger for the Reds after they drew back-to-back Premier League games that saw them unable to gain any ground on their top-four rivals.

Newcastle United’s Joe Willock injury time goal last weekend denied Liverpool all three points. This draw means they have dropped 15 points from winning positions. This is a stark contrast to the side that dominated last season and always got themselves over the line.

They are unbeaten in the last five games having won three and drawn two. This is the best run of form they have had since the beginning of the year. Their away record has been better recently having won five of the last seven games away from Anfield. This is more victories than they had achieved in the previous 15 away games.

Liverpool Team News

For our opponents, they are without several first team players for this match. Virgil van Dijk (knee), Joel Matip (ankle), Joe Gomez (knee) and Divock Origi will not feature again this season. Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips are on the sidelines and will miss out. With Phillips not available, Fabinho is likely to drop back into the defence alongside Ozan Kabak.

The midfield will likely see Thiago Alcantara sit at the base of midfield with Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner alongside him. In the attack, Jurgen Klopp could opt to play Salah, Mane, Firmino and Jota together as they seeks to convert the chances they have been getting in front of goal.

Form Guide

Manchester United Premier League form: WWWWWD

Manchester United form (all competitions): WWWWDW

Liverpool United Premier League form: LWWWDD

Liverpool form (all competitions): WLWDDD

Match Stats

  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last 15 home games against Liverpool in all competitions (W10 D4), and are unbeaten in their last eight since a 0-3 loss in March 2014. (source: Opta)
  • Marcus Rashford has been involved in five goals in his last four games in all competitions for Man Utd against Liverpool at Old Trafford, scoring four and assisting one. (source: Opta)
  • Manchester United have avoided defeat in both meetings with Liverpool in all competitions this season (W1 D1) – the last time they faced Liverpool as many as three times in a season without losing any was in 1998-99 (W2 D1), with this the eighth campaign they’ve met more than twice since then. (source: Opta)

Predicted score

This is a game built on fine margins and it is difficult to separate both teams. We are hoping the match will have more about it than the reverse fixture back in January. Chances could be few and far between, though when the opportunities do arrive United will need to capitalise. We had several 0-0 draws this season and with Liverpool unable to convert their chances in front of goal of late means another stalemate could be possible.

Liverpool knows they need to win all their remaining league games to stand any chance of a top-four place. However, United will be brimming with confidence after the win in midweek. A victory against our rivals will mean we are nearly there in securing second place in the league.

Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

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Andrew Wall
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