Old rivals clash, and sparks are bound to flow as Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday. Both clubs are in opportune positions at the Premier League table, and the club that will emerge triumphant will be seated at the second spot.
While United will consider themselves lucky after their last two fixtures, nothing short of sheer talent and expert tactics will see the game through. Liverpool, on the other hand, will be eager to grab what they’ll see as well deserved 3 points in view of their performances so far.
Here’s how the two giants are apt to line up:
Injuries will be a normal concern at the club after last week. Martial, who missed the Palace encounter due to an injury, might be in contention for the game.
Apart from the Frenchman, though, the likes of Herrera, Fellaini, Jones, Blind, and Ibrahimovic are all certain to miss the derby. The sole respite they have is that Rojo might be fit enough to make a cameo appearance.
Due to Martial’s injury and the mixed manner in which McTominay functioned against Palace, Mourinho is likely to ditch the 4-3-3 for now.
Instead, a lineup featuring Sanchez in the no.10 spot, and rewarding Mata and Rashford with starts will seem like the most appropriate option. This will be akin to the manner in which they played in the dying moments of their last fixture.
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young
Midfielders: Matic, Pogba, Mata, Sanchez, Rashford
Jurgen Klopp’s men have little to worry in terms of injury.
Adam Bogdan is back in training, while Jordan Henderson, who had to limp away following their 0-0 draw against Porto, is still doubtful. However, the skipper himself insists that the injury was but a case of a dead leg, and wouldn’t affect his fitness in the United game.
All in all, the club is the side that managed to end City’s unbeaten run this season. With a knack for goals and a proven prowess of technical ability, they will certainly fancy their chances at Old Trafford.
Defenders: Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno
Midfielders: Can, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Forwards: M.Salah, Firmino, Sadio Mane