Manchester United V Liverpool FC
Firstly, I won’t be making any actual predictions because this is nearly impossible to call . In saying that though, Manchester Utd are priced up at 15/8 to win this game at home against Liverpool and those are pretty tasty odds for a team in such good form as Utd are in the league.
This fixture usually always disappoints as a spectacle, mainly because if you were to ask each set of fans what’s the biggest game of the season it’s this one. Both clubs see it as much more important than local rivalries and it usually shows in how the teams set up and the way they approach the game.
That’s not to say their haven’t been some brilliant moments in this fixture in the last few years, but it’s been more of a war of attrition than the fast paced attacking football both teams now play. Their generally hasn’t been a lot riding on the result of this game as of late other than bragging rights as neither team have been close to winning the league in the last number of years.
This fixture though has turned that on it’s head as Manchester Utd set out to seriously damage Liverpool’s title charge on Sunday. It’s a case of role reversal for both teams though as they are usually in the opposite situation with Liverpool looking to secure a top four spot and Manchester Utd trying to win the League.
This game is going to be won or lost in midfield. Whoever can take control of the game and set the tone have a great chance of winning. Pogba and Herrera have been in brilliant form as of late with the latter doing some real damage going forward . This is the perfect kind of game for Herrera who loves a bit of shithousery ( it’s a word I promise ) as we know and I’ll he will be stuck in the thick of it from the off.
Who Klopp picks in the middle will be key to stopping Pogba and Co. Don’t be surprised to see a three of Henderson, Fabinho and Milner on Sunday with a focus on closing down space and looking for a fast ball in behind.
Up front Marcus Rashford is a man in form but may find it tough against Van Dijk and it will be intriguing to see if Solskjaer starts Lukaku up top as well to add a bit of muscle. For Liverpool the key man could again be Sadio Mane. He missed a couple of great chances last Tuesday night but is on a good run and is getting into a lot better positions than Mo Salah who has gone quiet as of late. Moving him back out wide hasn’t seen him regain his brilliant form just yet.
It’s a game with a lot riding on it for both managers. A win for Solskjaer would surely be enough for him to get the job full time, that is if he hasn’t done enough already. For Klopp, it would knock start his team’s final charge to finally winning the Premier League and this result could really make or break Liverpool’s season.
How do you think it will go Sunday? ( take the fan tinted glasses off first )
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