If there is one fixture every Premier League fan marks on his calendar, it has to be Manchester United vs Liverpool. The two most successful clubs in the English football history, face each other on 18th October at Anfield. This fixture has always been a feisty affair and the upcoming match promises to be the same.
The two teams have faced each other 168 times with United winning 67 games against Liverpool’s 56, 45 matches have ended in draws. Going only by their recent form, Liverpool are the favourites to win the encounter. They have been in fabulous goal scoring form this season and their attacking threat in the form of Lallana, Mane, Wijnaldum and Coutinho.
Manchester United have a brilliant team on paper but they are yet to click as a unit. They haven’t been very clinical in many of the matches, bar the one versus Leicester. This is a great opportunity for United to stamp their authority on the league and enter the top 4.
Last Time Around:
The last the Manchester United vs Liverpool tie happened, it was in the Europa League quarter finals last season at Old Trafford. Liverpool entered the match with a 2-0 lead from the first leg. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, Martial and Coutinho being the scorers for their respective sides. Liverpool qualified with a 3-1 aggregate score.
Recent Form :
Liverpool have started the season in fine fettle and Jurgen Klopp has given them the new-found confidence. They sit 4th on the table with 16 points from 7 games. They have a chance of going level with Man City and Arsenal. Fine victories against Arsenal and Chelsea show that they are playing fearless football this season.
On the contrary, Manchester United haven’t had the best of starts to the season. Since the defeat to Man City they have lost to Fenerbache and Watford in consecutive games. The 4-1 win over Leicester showed that when on song, this Mourinho side can play United’s famed brand of attacking football.
Players to watch out for :
Liverpool: Phillipe Coutinho will be the biggest threat to Manchester United. He scored against them last time around and will be looking to do the same. The Brazilian playmaker has scored three goals and assisted another two this season and has been in great form.
Manchester United: Paul Pogba finally seems to have found his feet in the Premier League. In the previous two matches versus Stoke and Leicester, Pogba produced an array of passes and through balls showing exactly why United shelled out 89 million for him. Against Liverpool he will be out their to show if he can do the same on the big occasion.
Injury Update :
Liverpool: Wijnaldum, , Gomez.
Manchester United: Phil Jones.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Emre Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Mane, Milner, Firmino, Sturridge.
Manchester United: de Gea, Blind, Smalling, Bailly, Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Martial, Zlatan, Rashford.