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Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

English football history’s biggest rivalry takes centre stage this weekend when the clash between the two most successful clubs face off at Old Trafford. It’s Manchester United vs Liverpool!

One team’s fanbase is split on the abilities of their manager, while another is hailing a player the best of all time.

United and Liverpool faced off three times last year, with a goalless draw at Anfield, a 3-2 home victory for United in the FA Cup, and a more convincing 4-2 away win for the Reds the last time the two met at Old Trafford.

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English Premier League
Sunday 24 October
Old Trafford
17:30

To Win
Manchester United 2/1
Draw 5/2
Liverpool 5/4

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s grip is loosening on that wheel whilst trying to pump the gas pedal on a title charge fans are desperate for. Manchester United are, however, not inspiring any confidence regardless of the quality they possess on paper. Ole has made the 4-2-3-1 his staple and the constant questioning surrounding his team selection shows the ever-growing distrust in the manager.

Last gameweek, against Leicester, was a disappointing but telling fixture. The game from a United perspective was far too loose in the middle, with many a direct pass being made straight through midfield lines. United are usually a lot more compact in that area of the park, but then again, the unrelenting press when they played Newcastle earlier in the season was non-existent against the Foxes as well. There is a definite disconnect from what should be done, and I have seen no control or rather domination in any win this season from the red side of Manchester who are without a win in their last three Premier League fixtures.

Despite having question marks surrounding his fitness, Harry Maguire started in last week’s 4-2 loss which saw an end to their 29-game unbeaten away streak in the Premier League. Marcus Rashford made his return after surgery six weeks sooner than expected, scoring one of United’s two goals, but still received criticism from the boss in a press conference which has reportedly not sat well with the United number 10. The only player, but a key player, side-lined is Raphael Varane with a groin injury and will more than likely be replaced with Sweden’s captain, Victor Lindelof who has shown his quality in every opportunity handed to him.

Mason Greenwood has been on call this season as he was in the last, and a screaming effort from the young Englishman was too much not to mention, with his youthfulness making for an interesting clash I can’t wait to witness against Andy Robertson. The added boost of Rashford, coupled with Bruno Fernandes and the ever-present goal threat of Cristiano Ronaldo still makes for a scary attack even with a present disconnect. The individual names might not be clicking, but those names can turn a game on its head in just one movement. And a game against Liverpool in front of your fans could turn a corner for Manchester United.

MAN UNITED FORM GUIDE: LDLWW

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Liverpool

Liverpool ran riot against Watford last time out with a thoroughly dominating performance from the Reds and another “world’s best player” performance from Mo Salah yet again. Liverpool continue to show why their name is in the hat for the title this season and doing what should be done against a struggling freshly promoted Watford.

Jurgen Klopp has been unsurprisingly friendly in his media interviews, with the team performing the way he believes they can and should. Sadio Mane reached 100 Premier League goals, while Roberto Firmino recorded all three of his Premier League goals in one match as if there were no goalkeeper in front of him.

A mix and matched trio of captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Naby Keita were as solid as can be, but with the return of Fabinho to the holding position I am unsure of anything coming through the middle. While Caoimhin Kelleher made a beautiful stop in the dying minutes of the match, the return of Alisson makes the defensive structure more daunting for opposition.

One fair criticism is that the right side will not be covered defensively by the Egyptian, and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensive attributes continuously come into question.
When that seems to be the only weakness of Liverpool, their chances of three points at the Theatre of Dreams, might not be so far-fetched.

LIVERPOOL FORM GUIDE: WDDWW

Prediction: Liverpool Win (5/4)
A fast paced, running game is what can be expected in this mighty clash. United love to counter, and Liverpool have a taste for constant pressure from the first to last whistle. From the home team perspective, a tighten up of that midfield after struggling to do so against Leicester will be or rather should be dealt with immediately. The vulnerability to counters does not bode well in their favour when they begrudgingly welcome their foes. With barely any press up front from United, Liverpool can continue to keep the pressure and the highline that they enjoy.

I can see an opportunity down the right flank with Rashford back up and running, and with another inch perfect ball across field from Lindelof, there is one avenue for Ole to try and exploit. Individual brilliance can be what Ole is trying to hit as he swings in the dark with this star-studded team, but Klopp seems to have his recipe down to the T. Liverpool are the well-oiled machine you want to see, and from the high press, by line low cross, quick and decisive counter, and direct passing from either centre back, the Reds have more to offer, and confidence easily outweighs that of their opposition.

While I generally find it difficult to write United off, Liverpool’s all-round ability to find a goal should take this game in a dramatic fashion, as these games usually do, stating a further claim to their 20th league title aspirations.

Written by Joshua Gaillard