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Match Preview – Manchester United v Liverpool

Manchester United and Liverpool meet in the Premier League on Monday, in the latest encounter between English football’s most successful sides.

Both teams have a point to prove and are in search of their first wins of the Premier League campaign. Here is all you need to know about a huge clash at Old Trafford.

Form

Manchester United: LL

It’s been a nightmare start for Erik ten Hag as Manchester United manager, with his side bottom of the Premier League for the first time in three decades.

After the disappointment of an opening defeat to Brighton, the Red Devils reached a new low with a punishing humiliation at Brentford last time out. United conceded four goals inside the opening 35 minutes of a league game for the first time in the Premier League era, with David de Gea dreadful in goal and Lisandro Martinez among those to struggle.

Reinforcements are expected to arrive before the transfer deadline and the Red Devils are closing in on a deal to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid. The Brazil international should add some much-needed mettle to the midfield should a deal be completed.

Just two games into his tenure, Ten Hag is in need of a response and must do so against the club’s biggest rivals. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line once again despite his desire for an exit, while Raphael Varane could return to the starting side at centre-back. Anthony Martial is also set to return to the squad.

Liverpool: DD

Liverpool have lost early ground in the Premier League title race, with successive draws allowing Manchester City to build a four-point advantage.

After a poor performance at Fulham on the opening weekend, Liverpool were again out of sorts as Crystal Palace held the Reds to a point on Monday evening. Wilfried Zaha’s goal on the counter gave the Eagles a lead to protect, with the task of Jurgen Klopp’s side not helped by Darwin Nunez’s moment of madness.

The summer signing will miss the next three games through suspension after being sent off for a clash with Joachim Andersen and was fortunate Luis Diaz’s spectacular strike rescued a point.

Joe Gomez will return to the side at centre-back, with Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip among a large number of absentees at present.

Last Meeting

Liverpool 4-0 Manchester United, April 19th 2022

Liverpool produced a ruthless performance to thrash Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield in April, following up their 5-0 success at Old Trafford with another big win.

Luis Diaz opened the scoring after five minutes, as the Colombian swept home from Mohamed Salah’s pass. Salah then got in on the act and doubled the lead before half-time, latching onto Sadio Mane’s superb assist to fire home.

Mane made it three as Liverpool’s forward line cut apart the visitors, before Salah completed the rout with his second of the game five minutes from time.

Klopp’s side moved top of the division with the win and became the first team to score at least eight Premier League goals against the Red Devils in a single season.

Predicted Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Eriksen, Sancho, Ronaldo.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott; Salah, Diaz, Firmino.

Who is the referee?

Michael Oliver

What channel is Man United v Liverpool on?

UK and Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event.

USA: Peacock.

What time is kick off?

Monday 22nd August, 20:00 BST.

Odds

Man United – 17/4

Draw – 10/3

Liverpool – 3/5

Read – Eight talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

Read Also – Five big mistakes Erik ten Hag has made as Man United manager

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