Sunday brings much tension to Old Trafford as undefeated Liverpool visit the trouble-stricken Manchester United.
While a mixed array of reports has analyzed the impact the results of the fixture will have on the Red Devils’ future, the game that ended Jose Mourinho’s tenure now looms over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Here’s how the two English giants are likely to line up for the vital fixture.
Injuries have so far been the most obvious reason behind United’s downfall and now the news for this game isn’t the best either.
David De Gea’s international break knock will add him to the injury-list alongside Paul Pogba, arguably snuffing out the majority of talent in the Old Trafford dressing room.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are likely to start while Anthony Martial is slated to play a part largely as a substitute. The Frenchman’s absence has hit United the hardest as Marcus Rashford has been exceptionally poor in the striker’s position.
Defenders: Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: McTominay, Fred
Forwards: Pereira, Mata, James; Rashford
Jurgen Klopp’s men head into this game undefeated in the Premier League and full of confidence. However, a string of injuries still afflict the Merseyside club as doubts exist over the fitness of Alisson and Joel Matip while Mo Salah will be out for a few days in addition to the long-term absentees of Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Liverpool have the best defensive record in the League while their opponents have been horrid in their scoring. A win here could possibly even ensure that the Red Devils end the week within the relegation zone. As of such, Klopp’s side will be looking to inflict maximum damage.
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson
Midfielders: Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Milner
Forwards: Mane, Origi, Firmino