Two most successful football clubs in England renew their rivalry this Sunday as Manchester United take on their eternal rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Brace yourself, for this is Premier League’s version of El Clasico, English football’s global showpiece event.
The Red Devils, clearly in transition and teetering in the 2nd half of the table, couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to turn their season around. No player from either roster needs extra motivation to bring his A-game, for this is the kind of fixture which can make the hair stand on ends on the players’ neck as soon as they are in the tunnel.
And what more extra motivation for United players than knowing that they could become the first side to beat Liverpool in 18 Premier League games, and thus hamper their chances of winning the league title for the first time in 30 years.
Liverpool, meanwhile, know this is perhaps the best chance for them to end their Old Trafford hoodoo. Not only the Reds have failed to beat United away in the league since winning 0-3 against David Moyes’ team in 2013, but Jurgen Klopp is also winless against the Red Devils in the league.
The Premier League match will be played between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, in Greater Manchester, England. The ground has a capacity of 74,879.
The game will start at 09:00 PM (IST), on Sunday, October 20.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester United – W L W D D L
Liverpool – L W W W W W
Ever since the season started, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been facing injury issues with his current Manchester United team. The current situation remains far from comfortable as few first-team stars remain out at this moment.
Paul Pogba won’t play in this match as the Frenchman is recovering from an ankle injury.
There are reports in the media that David De Gea is the part of the squad for Liverpool match. But expect the Spanish international to miss this game due to a groin injury.
Centre-back Eric Bailly (knee) and Timothy Mesu-Fensah both remain long-term injury absentees.
Ole frets over the fitness of right-back Aaron Wan-Bisska, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw.
United’s best options:
Sergio Romero will start in goal if De Gea fails to pass the late fitness test.
Wan-Bissaka is expected to play, as is Luke Shaw, but if rthe duo is not available, Diago Dalot and Ashley Young will as full-backs.
Jesse Lingard is back to full fitness and the local boy should get a start here, while Juan Mata is on contention for a spot in Ole’s playing 11 if Martial is deemed not-fit-enough to play this match.
Manchester United Probable XI:
Romero (GK), Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Matic; Lingard, Mata, James; Rashford
Liverpool FC Team News:
Jurgen Klopp will hope that both Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker are fit enough to start the game at Old Trafford. The former suffered an ankle injury before the international break, while the Brazilian shot-stopper has been out of the team since suffering an injury on the Premier League opening day win over Norwich City.
Joel Matip, who signed a new contract extension with Liverpool, declared himself fit and available for this match. The Cameroonian missed Liverpool’s last two matches.
Xherdan Shaqiri is also nearing a return but will have to prove his match-fitness before the match.
Liverpool’s usual suspects:
Klopp has an established side, especially at the back and in the front. More often than not, the changes happen in the midfield.
The front three will start the game, while Andy Robertson, Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold will form the backline in front of Alisson Becker in goal. But Divock Origi could be thrown into the action if Salah misses the game.
Jordan Henderson clocked 180 minutes for England during the international break. Klopp may look for other options to keep things fresh in the midfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are both pushing for a start.
Liverpool Probable XI:
Alisson (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson / Milner, Fabinho, Keita / Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Liverpool’s front three – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Marcus Rashford may draw some personal inspirations from his two-goal display against Liverpool two seasons ago. He is a local led as well.
Juan Mata has a very good record against Liverpool in the Premier League.
Anthony Martial: Made his debut against Liverpool and we all know what he did to Martin Skrtel.
LIV vs MUN Dream11 potential winner:
Liverpool should at least get a draw here.