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UNITED V LIVERPOOL: We preview Manchester United against Liverpool

UNITED V LIVERPOOL: We preview Manchester United against Liverpool

It's Manchester United v Liverpool in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Thursday night with Liverpool desperately needing the three points to keep alive their chances of securing a Champions League spot.

United's 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night not only handed the title to rivals Manchester City but also left Liverpool 9 points off Leicester, their main rivals for a Champions League place, with 2 games in hand. One of which is this game away at their biggest rivals.

Jurgen Klopp has failed to win at Old Trafford in his six visits so far with 4 draws and 2 defeats but anything other than a win would mean it is more realistic that Liverpool are playing on Thursday nights in the Europa League for the 2021/22 season rather than in UEFA's primary competition.

For United, Solskjaer will almost certainly revert back to a more familiar team than the one that played against Leicester after making 10 changes, with the Norwegian citing 4 games in 8 days as a reason to give youngsters a run out in Tuesday’s defeat.

He is unlikely to take such liberties against the one opponent United fans want to beat above all others so the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will likely start even though his team have nothing to play for in the league, having already qualified for the Champions League.

Form

 

Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester was their first league defeat for 14 games as they have put together an impressive run to comfortably qualify for the Champions League.

Their striking options have hit a hot streak with Edinson Cavani scoring 8 goals in his last 8 games in all competitions whilst young Mason Greenwood has 6 goals in his last 6 Premier League games.

As for Liverpool, they have recovered some sort of form after a period at the start of 2021 that saw them lose 6 home games in a row. They are unbeaten in 6 matches although recent draws against Leeds United and Newcastle United were a disappointment. They come into this game on the back of a 2-0 victory over Southampton.

 

Dull affair?

 

Whilst many consider this game to be the biggest fixture in English football, it hasn’t often played out as a particularly entertaining spectacle in recent years.

The 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier in the season was typical of games between the two since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2016. Both teams have seemed more pre-occupied with a ‘do not lose’ mentality rather than playing to their attacking strengths in these heavyweight clashes and it has often felt to be a case of taking a draw and moving on.

The last 2 results of United v Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League have been 1-1 and 0-0 but on this occasion, there is a feeling Liverpool may have to go for it a bit more with Champions League qualification being left in so much doubt should they lose. Fans will be hoping for a more exciting and open encounter such as the FA Cup fixture in January that finished 3-2 to United.

The game kicks off at 20:15 BST on Thursday 13th May.

 


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