Manchester United Versus Liverpool. Red Letter fixture for supporters of both the clubs despite it’s lowering significance as a direct battle for Premier League supremacy. The latest instalment of the classic English intercity rivalry takes place at Old Trafford on the 20th of October, 2019.
It’s been a case of contrasting fortunes for the rivals so far this season with the Merseysiders topping the league and the red devils struggling in 14th, one point above relegation zone. But, those are thrown out of the window when the two sides walk out at Old Trafford on Sunday. Both will be looking for the significant three points and the bragging rights.
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is back from a long term injury which had seen him miss nearly 2 months of footbal. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also back from a tonsilitis problem. David De Gea, who was a big doubt after suffering an injury on international duty, was seen arriving with the squad at The Lowry hotel.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the media in his press conference that he was unsure about the participation of Alisson, Salah and Matip. But, he said they could make it if they clear the two training sessions remaining at the time.
Manchester United have struggled. The red devils have struggled in every department including defence. They have 2 wins in 8 games with a total of 9 points, their worst start in 30 years in the league. They have found goals hard to come by. They’ve scored just 9 goals in 8 games with 4 of them coming in the first weekend.
Last 5 games (PL): L D L W D
Liverpool have made the perfect start to the Premier League season with 8 wins in 8 games. They have scored 20 goals and have conceded just six goals to have a strong GD of 14. They’re clear on top of the table by 5 points with this game in hand.
Last 5 games (PL): W W W W W
They last met on February 25th this year with Liverpool fighting for the league and United for the Top-4. The game saw a savage first half where there 4 substitutions for injuries from either side with United making all their 3 available subs in the first half. The game ended 0-0 at Old Trafford.
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Fred, Andreas, James, Martial, Rashford
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane
KICK OFF, TELECAST
The high octane fixture at Old Trafford begins at 16:30 BST. The game is being telecast in Sky Sports.
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As a Manchester United writing this article and stating some of the facts on recent form and PL table positions was painful. But, despite these negative results, I can see Manchester United getting a draw or a win out of this game as United tend to show up for these fixtures.
United 2-1 Liverpool