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10 key issues to know forward of Man United vs. Liverpool

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Liverpool and Man United lock horns as soon as once more on Sunday afternoon, with Outdated Trafford internet hosting a must-watch conflict, and a win would signify the primary back-to-back league win at their floor since 2002.

The Reds are second within the desk going into the sport, however victory this weekend would open up a seven-point benefit over United.

Listed here are 10 issues to know forward of the match.

 

1. Ole on the ropes

United would possibly hold profitable video games in unconvincing style, however there isn’t any doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is battling to maintain his job.

Regardless of all the cash spent in the summertime, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane introduced in, Liverpool’s rivals have seemed distinctly common.

They sit sixth within the desk having solely gained half of their eight matches, regardless of not but dealing with any of the so-called ‘huge six’.

Defeat on Sunday would additional crank up the warmth on Solskjaer.

 

2. Ronaldo’s predictable begin

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 2, 2021: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Everton FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ronaldo’s return to Outdated Trafford was understandably enormous, however there was a predictability about his first few months again in Manchester.

At 36, he isn’t the drive he as soon as was, and too typically, United’s assault has seemed disjointed and in want of extra legs.

That being stated, Ronaldo has stood tall and scored two huge Champions League winners in opposition to Villarreal and Atalanta, notching six in eight appearances general.

The Portuguese loves the large stage and it doesn’t get a lot larger than Liverpool vs. United.

 

3. Who’s out for Liverpool?

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 12, 2021: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC at Elland Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As was the case final season, what was meant to be a brief damage absence is frustratingly turning into an extended one for Thiago.

The Spaniard continues to be out with a calf drawback which is a giant blow, contemplating his poise and calm in the course of the park may have been invaluable on Sunday.

Thiago and Harvey Elliott are the one absentees, nevertheless, with Curtis Jones again within the fold after recovering from damage.

Naby Keita drew an excessive amount of harsh criticism in midweek and it could possibly be that he will get the nod in midfield over the returning Jones.

Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson; Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

 

4. How will United line-up?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 2, 2021: Manchester United's captain Bruno Fernandes during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Everton FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Solskjaer has been responsible of enjoying the most important attacking names and easily hoping they bail him out, however that gained’t work in opposition to Liverpool.

United want a balanced crew or the Reds may run riot, that means Fred and Scott McTominay are more likely to begin in central midfield.

Varane continues to be out injured so Victor Lindelof will play alongside Harry Maguire, whereas Mason Greenwood, Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes all appear to be sure starters, regardless of a health cloud over the latter.

Predicted Man United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Greenwood, Rashford, Ronaldo.

 

5. Liverpool’s Outdated Trafford struggles

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2019: Manchester United's Marcus Rashford scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp‘s aspect might have gained 4-2 away to United again in Might, however it got here in entrance of no followers, so does it actually matter?

The reality is that Liverpool have toiled at Outdated Trafford for too lengthy now, profitable on only one different event for the reason that 4-1 win again in 2009 (a 3-0 victory in 2014).

Even the sensible Klopp, who it’s at all times onerous to fault, has been responsible of overseeing limp showings there, with the event generally attending to the Reds.

It could be infuriating in the event that they let United off the hook this weekend.

 

6. Klopp ends penalty debate

Talking on Friday, Klopp drew a line beneath Solskjaer’s claims that the German has influenced referees by commenting about United getting penalties:

“Nothing actually to say about that. In between what I stated and what Ole stated what he stated, they’d 5 penalties and we had two,” Klopp informed reporters.

“Everyone knows, come on, that we can not affect refs with issues like that.

“However having the quantity of penalties that United had earlier than that was fairly distinctive. They’re good, they go within the field and so they have these sort of conditions.

“However we’ve got them as effectively and obtained not even the same quantity of penalties. That’s simply info, who cares, it’s finished and nothing else to say about it.”

Spot on.

 

7. Salah vs. Ronaldo

MADRID, SPAIN - Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the winning third goal, from a penalty-kick, to makes the score 2-3 during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 3 game between Club Atlético de Madrid and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah is definitely the world’s greatest participant on present type, producing miraculous moments of particular person brilliance this season.

The build-up for Sunday’s sport is predictably going to see the Egyptian celebrity in contrast with Ronaldo, however Klopp was usually coy and honest about it:

“Why ought to we examine Salah and Ronaldo? Clearly, each are world-class gamers.

“I’d say Ronaldo’s left foot isn’t that dangerous however I’d Mo’s left foot might be higher. Cristiano is barely higher within the air and the proper foot is barely higher.

“Each fairly fast and determined to attain objectives, however I by no means actually thought correctly about that.”

One factor’s for positive: each Salah and Ronaldo have huge egos, in a wholesome manner, and they are going to be determined to outdo one another on Sunday.

 

8. Did You Know?

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 12, 2021: Liverpool's Sadio Mané looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC at Elland Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane has been in much-improved type this season, however he has typically struggled to make an influence in opposition to United down the years.

The 29-year-old has scored simply as soon as in eight Liverpool appearances in opposition to them – the opener within the 3-1 win at Anfield in 2018/19 – and he has by no means netted at Outdated Trafford for any crew.

Not solely that, however Mane hasn’t registered a Reds help in opposition to United, highlighting how effectively they’ve coped with him.

Sunday could be an ideal time to alter these statistics.

 

9. Manchester’s Anthony Taylor!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 29, 2019: Referee Anthony Taylor awards the opening goal to Liverpool after a VAR review during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

Why couldn’t it simply be Michael Oliver?

Anthony Taylor is the referee for Sunday’s match – the truth that he’s from Manchester as soon as once more makes it a baffling appointment.

On the plus aspect, he did take cost of final season’s aforementioned 4-2 victory at Outdated Trafford.

 

10. “And it’s dwell”…

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, December 21, 2018: Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher and former Manchester United player Gary Neville working for Sky Sports before the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sunday’s match is dwell on Sky Sports activities Primary Occasion and Sky Sports activities Premier League from 4pm (BST), with kickoff at 4.30pm.

Which means loads of on-screen tussling between Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, each of whom could possibly be on commentary with Martin Tyler.

Our matchday dwell weblog is on the market from 3.45pm, with Henry Jackson tasked with each maintaining you entertained and battling his shredded nerves.

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