Manchester United v Liverpool. Here we go once again, probably one of the biggest domestic games in European football alongside El Classico and the Old Firm Derby.
- Man Utd v Liverpool
- Old Trafford
- 16:00 GMT
- Sky Sports
The two most successful teams in English football go head to head at Old Trafford this afternoon, with the standard three Premier League points at stake, but this game means a lot more than just three points.
Manchester United go into the game five points behind their Merseyside rivals, with the chance to go just two points behind should they win, however a win for Jurgen Klopp’s men will see the gap expanded back to eight!
Earlier this season, the teams played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield as Jose Mourinho’s men parked the famous bus to stop Liverpools potent strikeforce from scoring. Both teams had their chances to win the game, but a draw was largely deserved for both sides. Since then, United have found their form and a settled style of play, as Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s influence grows upon the team.
Liverpool have slipped up in recent weeks, failing to win their last three games and failing to score in their last two (against Plymouth and Southampton). Sadio Mane is unavailable due to the African Cup of Nations, however, could be boosted by the return of a Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip, who have all been out through injury.
Mourinho’s men do go into the game as favourites with the bookmakers following their NINE game winning streak and are available at 11/10, whilst Liverpool are available to at 5/2 in light of their recent form.
- Both Teams to Score – 4/5
- +2.5 goals – 11/10
- Ibrahimovic first scorer and Man Utd win – 5/1
- Coutinho first scorer and Liverpool win – 16/1
- Man Utd clean sheet – 7/4
No matter what happens this afternoon, Manchester United will remain in sixth place, but it is a huge opportunity to maintain the pressure on the top 4, meanwhile a victory for Liverpool will send them back into 2nd, whilst a draw will bump them above Arsenal into 3rd.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Martial
Liverpool: Karius, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho