Liverpool’s scintillating run will be at stake on Saturday afternoon when they will travel to Old Trafford to contest bitter rivals Manchester United in an epic Premier League clash.
Manchester United, under Jose Mourinho, has failed to compete ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City in the title challenge but is desperate to keep hold of the runners-up spot and finish ahead of the Reds in the league tally. The Red Devils grabbed two consecutive wins over Chelsea and Crystal Palace despite falling behind and these wins imply the determination of the Manchester heavyweights to end the season on a higher note.
Liverpool, too, are adamant to secure a favourable outcome this term as Jurgen Klopp is yet to beat Manchester United in a Premier League outing. The first leg tie at Anfield ended in a frustrating scoreless draw and Mourinho’s deep defensive strategy was highly criticized by the pundits. He, however, is unlikely to repeat the same at home and there will be a tough test ahead for Klopp against the Portuguese tactician.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Injuries And Suspensions:
Manchester United were without seven first-team players against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park but likely to welcome back Anthony Martial who missed the trip with a knock. However, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are still weeks away to return from their respective thigh and knee injuries. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are major doubts with knocks whereas Daley Blind and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue to miss out due to ankle and knee injuries.
Liverpool, on the other hand, do not have significant injury absentees and all are likely to be available for selection. Jordan Henderson had a dead leg against Porto this midweek but is expected to be fit before weekend’s mega clash. Georginio Wijnaldum is back in full training too, so is Nathaniel Clyne, who, however, is unlikely to feature due to his long absence from first-team football following a back surgery.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:
Subs: Sergio Romero, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof.
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Danny Ings, Adam Lallana.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Old Trafford ended all square. James Milner’s first-half spot-kick earned the Reds an early lead, which, however, was cancelled out by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in closing minutes of the game.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Key Players:
Romelu Lukaku’s return to form will be a massive boost for the Red Devils. In-form Jesse Lingard will trouble the Reds backline. Alexis Sanchez has not lived up to the expectations but might step up on such a big occasion for his new side. Above all, David De Gea will be protecting their goal as the Spaniard is set to frustrate Liverpool’s lethal front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Head-To-Head Stats:
Manchester United Win: 87
Liverpool Win: 75
Manchester United vs Liverpool Current Form ( In All Competitions):
Manchester United: W-W-D-W-L-W
Manchester United vs Liverpool Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
Manchester United: 31/20
Manchester United vs Liverpool Live Streaming:
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