Manchester United vs Liverpool - preview and possible line-ups
Manchester United come up against Liverpool this Sunday at Old Trafford. Liverpool have won all their Premier League matches so far this season and are top of the table, Manchester United need three points or they could end up just above the relegation zone! 15 points separate the two sides.
Manchester United: A big setback for United as they are likely to be without their two best players. Paul Pogba has been ruled out due to an ankle injury and David de Gea suffered a groin injury whilst playing for Spain on international duty. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood will all need to undertake fitness tests. Victor Lindelof is ready to return after playing for Sweden during the international break, but aside from that Solskjaer's options look severely limited when it comes to making changes from the underwhelming XI named in the Newcastle defeat.
Liverpool: Good news for Liverpool as they are ready to welcome back keeper Alisson Becker (who suffered a calf injury at the start of the season), who could replace Adrian and Joel Matip, who is expected to come in alongside Virgil van Dijk. Mo Salah is expected to have recovered from the ankle injury that he suffered against Leicester. Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored twice against United last season, could also be involved if he passes a late fitness test. Perhaps Klopp's most difficult decision comes in midfield, where he must select two from captain Jordan Henderson, Leicester match-winner James Milner and in-form Georginio Wijnaldum either side of Fabinho, with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in contention.
Solskjaer: On opponents Liverpool: "They’re doing well in the league that’s for sure but we’re looking forward to this game, perfect game for players and fans, I'm sure they'll give a good game" He also says that he knows that the team needs results and expects the players to come out and prove why they are a Man United player.
On his team and their mood going into this game: "We’ve come a long way...The mood in a football club is always affected by results but it’s been better than expected within here". He also has the backing from Ed Woodward amid sacking rumours, he says: "We have made some decisions in the short-term would harm us but in the long-term would benefit us and that’s part of the plan".
On himself and his job: "I’ve never felt it’s too big for me and confident in what we’re trying to do and with my staff." But he wants his team to take more risks and create more chances.
Klopp: On Solskjaer: Klopp says that Solskjaer doesn't need any advice: "He has been in that club altogether now for 10-15 years. He was there as a player, he knows everything there." He then goes on to say: "He is in a good position and has the chance to win a game. We want to make sure that will not happen."
On Man United's current form: "Man United is a massive club, it's a massive club and nobody is really ready to wait for success, it was in my case no different".
Did you Know?
Liverpool have only won one of their last ten league meetings with Manchester United, a 3-1 win at Anfield last season. Overall this will be the 231st meeting between the two sides, with United leading the all-time head-to-head by 88 wins in 76 games.
RECENT FORM :
Manchester United: Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Matic; Pereira, Mata, James; Rashford
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane