The fierce rivals face each other tonight at Old Trafford. Both teams are currently at very different stages. Man United are trying to stay out of the relegation zone while Liverpool are cementing their position at the top of the table.
Tonight’s match is vital for both teams at it will set the tone for the rest of the season. If United win, it will get them out of the rut they’ve been in since the start of the season. But for Liverpool, a win would signify a new era of dominance. By defeating their arch-rivals, it would show the entire league that they are unstoppable and that this year may finally be their year.
Man United’s line-up won’t be their most reliable as a few of their key players are out injured. Custodian keeper, David De Gea, suffered a thigh injury during the international break and his deputy, Sergio Romero, will have to cover him for tonight. The good thing is that he has never conceded a goal at Old Trafford in his time at the club. But coming up against Liverpool’s deadly attack, especially with the absence of Luke Shaw (thigh injury) and the possible absence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (illness), that record may very well end tonight.
Paul Pogba (ankle) and Anthony Martial (knee) are also unlikely to feature as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s threadbare squad will have to find a way to keep the ball out of their net. Upfront, United have a boost with Daniel James declared fit to play after experiencing a mild concussion while on international duty with Wales. He, along with Marcus Rashford, are their top scorers with three goals each. If they are to have any chance of scoring tonight, the goals are most likely going to come from them.
Solskjær has been under a lot of pressure recently, and his potential sacking has been on everybody’s lips. A loss at home to their arch-rivals might be the nail in the coffin for him as Jose Mourinho was sacked last season after a loss to Liverpool as well. He might want to consider a more defensive approach for the game to avoid a humiliating scoreline. They were almost in danger of falling into the relegation zone this week had it not been for the other games’ results working in their favour. With their current form, United will be grateful if they even escape today’s match with a point.
Liverpool may go into the game with most of their squad still intact. Allison Becker is still out of commission and Adrian is set to start once again. Joel Matip is a concern as he picked up a knee injury before the international break but resumed training with the team on Tuesday and may be fit enough to start. The deadly front three have returned unscathed after the international break, and they will be the ones causing the United defence trouble.
If Liverpool win tonight, they would have matched the current record of 18 games won in a row which is held by Man City. Furthermore, it would extend the gap at the top of the table back to eight points. However, if they drop points, the title race would begin to heat up for them, and we all know that Liverpool are no strangers to slipping up. But with Jurgen Klopp’s side looking as strong as ever, Man United fans should lower their expectations and pray for a respectable scoreline.Leave a comment