Manchester United will play their second game within 48 hours as we host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Thursday evening in this rearranged fixture. The match kicks off at 20:15PM BST. The game can be watched live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 20:00 PM.
The Red Devils’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on Tuesday evening meant that rivals Manchester City were crowned the Premier League Champions. The fallout from the European Super League led to protests at Old Trafford and saw the game against the Merseysiders postponed nearly two weeks ago.
With this fixture having to be rearranged, it saw manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær make a host of changes for Tuesday’s visit of Leicester City. Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga experienced their Premier League debuts. Mason Greenwood’s goal did get the home side back level but we came up short on the night.
United’s focus is now securing second place
With City’s title win, the focus for United now turns to securing second place in the league. The defeat on Tuesday evening had seen us end our five-game winning run across all competitions. It also saw our 14 game unbeaten league run come to an end as well. Solskjær said with the busy schedule, he had no choice but to make changes for the Leicester game.
The Red Devils will want to finish the league campaign strongly as we face both Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers in our final two league games of the season. Following this, we will aim to win the Europa League final on May 26th when we take on Villarreal.
Manchester United Team News
For United, it has been confirmed that captain Harry Maguire has suffered ligament damage. He is not expected to feature in any of the league games but hopefully he can feature in the Europa League final.
He joins Daniel James, Phil Jones, and Anthony Martial on the injury list. Martial who is making a good recovery from his knee injury could return before the season ends. Solskjær made 10 changes for the Leicester game. So most of the first team who sat out of the game should play on Thursday evening.
Dean Henderson is expected to return in goal after David De Gea deputised the other night. Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw should return to the starting eleven. Fred and Scott McTominay are likely to lineup as the midfield duo.
Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani should see them handed starting places against Liverpool.
Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba, and Cavani.
Liverpool’s hopes of securing a top-four place and Champions League qualification hang in the balance. They will be hoping their rivals slip up so they can take advantage. After losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, they are now on a six game unbeaten run in the league.
The surprise defeat to Fulham back on March 7th was the last time that the Reds failed to pick up at least a point in the league. Last time out, they earned a 2-0 victory over Southampton thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara.
The task of achieving top-four is dwindling by the second and with fifth-placed West Ham downturn in form could mean they could overtake them when the season ends. A place in the Europa League is not something the fans will be wanting after a climatic season both on and off the pitch.
Liverpool Team News
The injury list for our opponents is growing as they have the long-term absentees of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson. Both James Milner and Ozan Kabak did not feature against Southampton due to muscle injuries. Manager Jürgen Klopp was not able to give a timeframe when these two players would be available again.
Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams are expected to feature in the centre of defence for the trip to Old Trafford. Roberto Firmino will be eyeing a starting over his teammate Diogo Jota. Sadio Mane will be aiming to hit double figures in the Premier League season in terms of goals.
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- 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)
- Manchester United have lost just one of their 13 Premier League games played on a Thursday (W8 D4), going down 1-3 at Middlesbrough in December 2002. (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)
In recent times, both teams have played out stalemate draws. So it is not impossible that this game could end the same way. United will look to have their strongest lineup out there against Liverpool after so many changes from Tuesday evening. Liverpool will be looking to sneak in via the back door for the Champions League places, whilst United will be looking to extinguish their hopes of this.
Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool