The bitter rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool continues on Sunday as the two most successful sides in Engli
The bitter rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool continues on Sunday as the two most successful sides in English football meet at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
On the back of another sensational comeback in the Champions League against Atalanta on Wednesday, Solskjaer’s men should be going into the game revitalised against an undefeated Liverpool side who continue to go from strength to strength this season.
It was Cristiano Ronaldo who again scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the dying minutes against Atalanta to earn his side a vital three points.
Despite a particularly poor first half which saw the home side go 0-2 down before half-time, the Red Devils quickly responded after the break through a Marcus Rashford goal, followed by Harry Maguire’s calm finish and Ronaldo’s leaping header which sealed the victory.
With that being said, United’s form as of late has produced a poor run of results with the last league game a 4-2 defeat away to Leicester City, while United took just one point from their games against Everton and Aston Villa.
With a tough run of fixtures coming up for Solskjaer where his side meet Tottenham – plus a trip to Manchester City and Chelsea shortly after – the pressure is on the United manager to deliver, and quickly.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been relentless so far this season, remaining undefeated in their opening 8 matches as Mo Salah continuously grabs the headlines in each match he plays.
Liverpool have been potent in front of goal so far, scoring 18 goals in their last five matches which included an inspired win away to Atletico Madrid and a 0-5 thumping away to Claudio Ranieri’s Watford side.
‘The Egyptian King’ has shown his form of the 2017/18 season in which he scored a record 32 Premier League goals, with Salah already having 7 league goals to his name so far this term and will be a player Manchester United will need to pay close attention to, should they be victorious.
With just four points separating the two sides, there is all to play for as both continue to keep up with leaders Chelsea on 19 points and Manchester City in third on 17 points.
Manchester United are still without Raphael Varane after he sustained a groin injury whilst on international duty and will remain out for the coming weeks. Meanwhile Amad Diallo is close to full fitness though won’t be part of the squad against Liverpool.
French forward Anthony Martial took part in training though isn’t fit enough to be in contention, while Marcus Rashford – who scored against Atalanta on Wednesday – continues to regain his match fitness and is likely to start.
As for Liverpool, they are hopeful Curtis Jones will be back in contention for Sunday while Harvey Elliott remains out for the foreseeable future and Thiago Alcantara has no return date pencilled in yet.
Manchester United vs Liverpool – kick off at 4:30pm (UK time) on Sunday 24th October 2021