A huge clash with title implications is on offer on Sunday as Man United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford
A potentially crucial clash in the title race is on offer at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, as Manchester United host Liverpool, hoping to keep the league title away from Manchester for another week at least.
If Man City beat Crystal Palace on Saturday and Liverpool beat United on Sunday, City will be crowned champions for the third time in four years, wrestling the crown away from the Reds after just under a year in Merseyside.
United can go into this one as strong as possible too, having enjoyed a big win over Roma in the Europa League on Thursday night, which takes much of the pressure off the second leg next week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no new injury worries when Liverpool make the trip down the M62, with only Phil Jones and Anthony Martial definitely missing. Edinson Cavani may start again, and has this week been reported to sign an extension to his deal at Old Trafford, which was set to expire at the end of this season.
Liverpool were given a boost this week by the return to the training pitch of Virgil Van Dijk, who was filmed running after his ACL injury suffered against Everton. The Dutch centre-back isn’t in condition to make the squad though, but hopes to return before the season end.
Fellow defenders Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are also out, and Nat Phillips is 50/50 with a hamstring problem, meaning Fabinho could continue alongside Ozan Kabak in defence. Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi are also set to miss out through injury.
If Liverpool can pull off the win and send the title one step closer to City, they’ll go above West Ham into fifth ahead of the Hammers’ clash with Burnley on Monday night, keeping their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive going into the final four games.
A win for United would keep the title away from their city for another week at least, although whatever happens this weekend, they’ll stay second in the table.
Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, May 2nd. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.