Manchester United vs Liverpool: English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 23-10-2021 9:21 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 23-10-2021 09:21 PM (1 month ago)

Date: Sunday 24th October, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm
Stadium Old Trafford
Referee    Anthony Taylor (England)
Goal Scorer: N. Keita 5', D. Jota 13', M. Salah 38', 45 + 5', 50'
Team News

Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a couple of fresh injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Liverpool. On Sunday, the Manchester United manager could be bereft of the services of as many as five first-team players.

Having said that, only one player is certain to miss out for Manchester United, with Raphael Varane still recuperating from a groin injury. However, Solskjaer is sweating over the fitness of Bruno Fernandes (knock) and Marcus Rashford (dead leg), after the duo sustained their issues earlier this week against Atalanta.

In addition, Fred is also recovering from a knock while Anthony Martial could be short of match fitness despite resuming training this week. The big question marks, though, will surround Bruno Fernandes and Rashford, although the duo are likely to be fit enough to be involved, which will be crucial considering their impact against Atalanta.

However, Rashford should be preserved as an impact substitute, with Paul Pogba starting on the left side of the Manchester United attack while Bruno Fernandes will reprise his usual no. 10 role. On the right flank, Mason Greenwood is a certainty and will carry a threat with his directness, along with Rashford. And leading the line for Manchester United against Liverpool will be Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fred, like Bruno Fernandes and Rashford, should be fit enough to play against Liverpool and should start in midfield, with Scott McTominay expected to be his partner in the double pivot. Defence will hold the key for Manchester United, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw picking themselves again, and as will David de Gea in goal.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo

Unlike his counterpart in the Manchester United dugout, Jurgen Klopp has been handed a boost on the team news front ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. On Sunday, the Liverpool manager will only have to make do without two first-team players.

Harvey Elliott remains a long-term absentee due to an ankle injury, with the only other player missing out being Thiago Alcantara. The Spanish international has taken big steps towards making his return from a calf injury, but the Manchester United game has come too soon for him. However, that is not something that can be said about Curtis Jones.
The English under-21 international has resumed full training after completely recovering from a groin injury and will be available to take on Manchester United. However, Jones is likely to be on the bench on Sunday with James Milner getting the nod due to his big-match pedigree. The veteran midfielder did show signs of fatigue against Atletico Madrid but should still be a part of the starting lineup.

However, the same cannot be said of Naby Keita, who will make way for Fabinho. The Brazilian international will be in-charge of stifling Bruno Fernandes while also setting a quick tempo to the game. Captain Jordan Henderson will be the third man in the middle of the park for Liverpool, looking to put in the hard yards on and off the ball.

As for the attacking unit, Diogo Jota will have to suffice with a place on the bench again, as there is no looking past Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at the moment. The defenders struggled against Atletico Madrid, but will hope to ensure a quieter outing for Alisson Becker this time around.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Key Stats
Manchester United have prevailed in just one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool, though six of those games have been drawn (L3). The Reds won 4-2 at Old Trafford in the corresponding fixture last season and are vying to claim back-to-back league victories away to Manchester United for the first time since 2002.
Manchester United have conceded in each of their last 12 home matches in league and cup, their longest run without a clean sheet at Old Trafford since a 13-game sequence ending in February 1964.
Liverpool have scored three or more goals in eight consecutive away games in all competitions, netting 28 goals in total.
Marcus Rashford has scored four Premier League goals in eight outings against Liverpool. The only player to have netted more for United against the Merseysiders is Wayne Rooney with six goals.
Mohamed Salah, who has scored in each of his side’s last six league matches, registered three goals in two appearances at Old Trafford last season. No Liverpool player has ever scored in three consecutive away games against Manchester United.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool

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Posted: at 23-10-2021 09:21 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- edetedu5 at 24-10-2021 03:15 AM (1 month ago)
Liverpool 2, Manchester united 0
Posted: at 24-10-2021 03:15 AM (1 month ago) | Newbie