Manchester United will host Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend as Jurgen Klopp will go head-to-head with ‘the special one’, Jose Mourinho. The much-anticipated clash is scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm GMT.
Manchester United and Liverpool have been trading the second place in the league table for a few weeks. With Manchester City edging towards the title, the match between these two juggernauts is vital for securing the second place in the league and guarding the qualification to the Champions League.
Manchester United are going through a decent run of form lately in the League. They have won three league games in a row, including the much-needed victory against Chelsea. The thrilling comeback win against Crystal Palace in the Selhurst Park a few days back have boosted the confidence of the Red Devils as they hold the second place in the table, 16 points behind their rampant neighbors.
Jose Mourinho has marshaled his troops well so far this season. The defense and attack look solid for the Red Devils. However, there is a concern regarding midfield lately. The ace of Manchester, Paul Pogba has been going through a rough period after starting the campaign on fire. The below-potential performance of Pogba is something like a headache for Mourinho ahead of the vital clash against Liverpool.
On the other hand, Liverpool are in the hot form winning three Premier League games in a row with exhilarating attacking football. 17 wins from 29 matches have helped them to snatch the third place in the table above the London clubs. The star-studded attacking trio is the principal reason for their astonishing success.
Klopp’s men have secured their place in the quarterfinal of on-going Champions league with an aggregate 5-0 victory over FC Porto. The late Tuesday-night game ended goalless for the reds as they failed to score past Porto’s defense.
With star-men Salah in the form of his life, Liverpool are definitely the favorites against Manchester United. However, Klopp has some work to do for solidifying his defense.
Key Players To Watch
The Belgian Striker, Romelu Lukaku holds a key for Manchester United ahead of the Liverpool game. The front-man has had an inconsistent season with 14 league goals so far. Somehow, he has surged into form lately with two goals in the last two Premier League games, an important one against arch-rivals, Chelsea. He will certainly pose a threat to Liverpool back-line with his incredible strength and terrific pace.
It is safe to say that Mohamed Salah has been the player of the season so far. With his incredible tally of 24 league goals so far, he is a joint top-scorer in the Premier League. Coming back from his goal against Newcastle United last Saturday, Salah is a player to watch out for. He holds a key for Merseyside club to shatter United’s defense and daunt them in their home turf.
Head To Head
Many consider Manchester United vs Liverpool rivalry as one of the greatest rivalries in the world of football. Coincidently, Saturday’s game marks as a 200th competitive fixture between the two clubs. The last five premier league meetings between the two clubs have ended in a 2-0 advantage for the Red Devils.
The last three league matches between these two great English sides have ended in a draw, including the 0-0 score-line in the reverse fixture at Anfield, on 18 October 2017.
Jose Mourinho has some injury concerns leading to the big game on Saturday. Defender Phil Jones has missed few games lately due to the injury and is expected to be out of action this weekend alongside Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. Midfield duo of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are also sidelined for few weeks with injuries.
The major concern for United is the latest inclusion of Anthony Martial on the injury list, making him doubtful for the Liverpool clash. We expect some changes in back-line for United as Bailly will look to make his way back to the starting lineup alongside left-back, Luke Shaw.
Liverpool will be boosted by the return of their midfielder Georhinio Wijnaldum from injury. Liverpool are not facing any injury crisis lately. So, we expect the same starting lineup from their previous game against Newcastle United.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Lineup (Predicted XI)
Manchester United Lineup (4-3-3)
GK: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia (RB), Bailly (RCB), Smalling (LCB), Shaw (LB)
Midfielders: McTominay (RCM), Matic (CDM), Pogba (LCM)
Forwards: Lingard (RWF), Lukaku (ST), Sanchez (LWF)
Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold (RB), Lovren (RCB), Van Dijk (LCB), Robertson (LB)
Midfielders: Chamberlain (RM), Henderson (CDM), Can (LM)
Forwards: Salah (RF), Firmino (CF), Mane (LF)
Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction
The blockbuster game at Old Trafford could determine who will finish second in the Premier League. It is expected to be the vital game as the race for Champion League spot heats on. Manchester United will hold a slight home advantage because of their incredible outing at Old Trafford this season.
However, Liverpool will come to all guns blazing to blow away United’s resilience. We expect a competitive match with a 2-1 hard-fought victory for the Red Devils.