It’s arguably one of the best football rivalries in the world, as two of the most successful clubs in England lock horns when the Red Devils Manchester United take on log leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford on Super Sunday.
For United, it’s been a tough start with just two wins in their first eight Premier League games. That’s their worst start in 30 years– that’s the last time Liverpool won the Premier League. United have conceded eight while scoring nine showing that they do have problems in all departments.
United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure after rumours were circulating that if united do lose heavily, he’ll be sacked but the board has reiterated that they have faith in him irrespective of the results not looking good.
Jake Polden for the Mirror wrote that: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not in immediate danger of losing his job. The Manchester United board appreciates that the Norwegian has a difficult job on his hands, and Ed Woodward is willing to give him time to turn things around.”
You could argue that he should be given enough time but does the board think Ole can somehow change the fortunes that at United? It looks unlikely and the feeling is quite different now compared to when he came in.
The big question is, what is United’s style of play? No one knows! Of course, he has lost key players through injury but selling both Alexis Sanches and Romelu Lukaku and not replacing them has hit them hard. This has forced Ole to use the academy players.
Ole has said that he’s there to build the ‘Manchester United’ way. He’s referring to the Fergie days. Man United have suffered a double blow as Paul Pogba and David de Gea have been ruled out of the tie through injury. They look thin in all departments including the bench as well. It’s a huge conundrum heading into such a difficult game against their arch-rivals.
Of course, Man United will be buoyed by the fact they haven’t lost at home against the rivals since 2014 when they tore apart in a 3-0 defeat. They still haven’t won a game since September when they defeated Leicester 1-0 from a Marcus Rashford penalty [L2D2].
For Liverpool, they cruising – sitting comfortably at the summit of the log. With eight wins from eight, they couldn’t have asked for a better start. It’s still early days into the season but they already winning ugly – signs of Champions.
That’s what Chris Bascombe wrote on his piece for the Telegraph last week, “Saturday’s was the kind of win champions look upon at the end of the season, underline, mark with highlighter pen and say to anyone in listening distance, ‘that is where we won it’.”
For Jurgen Klopp, he still hasn’t beaten United at Old Trafford and he’ll want to change that. A draw wouldn’t be a terrible result but if Liverpool is serious in winning the League title, they will have to beat their arch-rivals and they do have a chance because of how abysmal United have been thus far in the League.
Liverpool will be buoyed by news that Alisson Becker and Joel Matip have returned to full training and are likely to go straight back to the team. It would be unlucky for Adrain as the Spanish international has filled in with good performances. If Alisson is fit, he should start.
Man United might be fighting relegation at the moment but Liverpool vs Man United will always be a massive game and form goes out the window. The reds have the best chance to beat United but it’s a tricky tie – especially for the visitors.
They didn’t take their chance last season when United lost three players in the first half through injury and that did somewhat affect the game in which that result affected them in not winning the Premier League title.
It promises to be a good game for neutrals. United will want to stop the Liverpool train and not equal the record set by Man City of 18 consecutive victories in the top flight which goes back to last season.