This weekend’s Premier League action kicks off in style with Manchester United vs Liverpool. Who will come out on top in this fight for second place? Let’s just hope that it’s a better game than the dour 0-0 draw in October.
Manchester United have won 3 of their last 4 league matches, but it’s been far from convincing at times. José Mourinho’s biggest issue is fitting his superstars into the same, cohesive team. It’s a real work-in-progress right now. Paul Pogba isn’t happy, Anthony Martial is injured/dropped and Alexis Sánchez is still finding his form. Even with their impressive home record, it doesn’t feel like the ideal time for United to face their big rivals Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp’s team is playing with composure and confidence. Liverpool are scoring goals and keeping cleansheets. They don’t look like they’re missing Philippe Coutinho at all. Except for that slip-up against Swansea, The Reds are unbeaten in the Premier League since October. Liverpool will want all 3 points at Old Trafford. What they won’t want is their 10th draw of the season.
Klopp has a full-strength squad for Manchester United vs Liverpool. Mourinho, however, has a long injury list, featuring the likes of Martial, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Only Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than Manchester United this season. Monday’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace, however, was a dodgy defensive display. Victor Lindelöf still looks shaky and is likely to be replaced by the returning Eric Bailly. The big issue for Manchester United vs Liverpool, though, is the left-back role. Who will get the tough task of marking Mohammed Salah out of the game? Ashley Young? Matteo Darmian? Luke Shaw?
Liverpool, however, have no real selection issues at the back. Loris Karius looks settled in goal, and so do Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson in defence. That just leaves one centre-back spot for either Dejan Lovren or Joël Matip.
Manchester United’s frontline will feature Romelu Lukaku and who else? Sánchez and Lingard started against Palace, but Marcus Rashford made a big difference when he came on at half-time. There’s also Juan Mata and Pogba to think about.
Liverpool’s amazing attack is set in stone now – Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. They’ve already scored 45 Premier League goals between them this season. You wouldn’t bet against them adding to that total at Old Trafford.