After being postponed due to the violation of health protocol in Old Trafford on the match day regarding the fans protest toward Manchester United owner, the match is set to play this midweek creating more congested fixture for the home side ironically than The Reds. Ole Solksjaer’s men’s UCL ticket is almost sealed in hand, while Liverpool’s chance to play in Champions League next season is still open after Chelsea’s unusual defeat yesterday. With seven points gap but two games in hand, Klopp’s men need to seal three points in each and every last game, including here in Manchester.
The teams’ previous matches
United was stunned in their last outing while playing host to Leicester City as they lost 1-2 in the midweek. The Foxes already took the lead through Luke Thomas’s strike on the fair side of the post. Although Mason Greenwood could find the equaliser, Manchester United was one goal behind again as Caglar Soyuncu’s header blasted at the back of the net.
Meanwhile, Liverpool went on winning while hosting Southampton last weekend. Sadio Mane opened the scoring and Thiago scored his maiden goal in Premier League to double their lead.
Ole Solskajer will still be deploying 4-2-3-1 with the Uruguayan international Edison Cavani upfront while Anthony Martial is still unavailable. On both wings, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood or Paul Pogba are still the first option after being rested for playing wide, while the Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes is featuring his regular number ten role.
Jurgen Klopp is weighing the possibility of deploying more pragmatic formation after series of draw result in the past two games. Since their crisis at the backline still continues with the injury of Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Ozan Kabak, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, opting 3-4-2-1 could be well considered. Fabinho will be accompanied by James Milner and Nate Phillips at the defence line, while in the midfield, Thiago and Curtis Jones or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are operating in the middle while Trent Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson are pushed forward. Diogo Jota is likely to occupy the frontman role while Mo Salah and Xerdan Shaqiri or Sadio Mane will be supporting behind him.
Players to watch
The Portuguese playmaker, Bruno Fernandes has been vital in Manchester United’s revival. He is the current top scorer with sixteen goals and top assist provider with eleven assists. Another name who has been shining lately is Mason Greenwood, who has netted seven goals and provided two assists in Premier League this season.
Meanwhile, The Reds’s main scorer is still Mo Salah contributing 20 goals and four assists in EPL. Some other important figures this season are Trent Alexander Arnold and Diogo Jota plus Thiago.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction
After the delay, this two classic rivals in English football are likely to trade attacks but not goal as Jurgen Klopp’s men have been inefficient in maximising the decent chances. It will be a tough call to find a winner but United might be only be able to muster a draw here.
This encounter is bound to be tight but the home side is still the slight favourite. Manchester United are projected to win at 2/1, whereas Liverpool’s win market is at 6/4. The draw result is at the value of 27/10.