Liverpool Vs Manchester United Tactical Preview: Team News, Predicted XI, Talking Tactics And Key Men

Liverpool Vs Manchester United Tactical Preview
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United and Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool gives their side instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on October 20, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Liverpool will lock horns with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday night hoping to pick up a win that would send them level on points win the visitors at the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s men managed to start the campaign in a positive fashion; however, their recent performances have put a serious dent on their title hopes.

Having secured a narrow 1-0 win over Burnley midweek, the Red Devils will be heading into the contest full of confidence, looking to solidify their position at the top. However, it’ll be an uphill task against the defending champions as they have never lost on their turf since April 2017.

Let’s take a look at how things are shaping up ahead of the weekend clash.

Team News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left sweating over the fitness of three key squad members ahead of the match at Anfield. Centre-back Victor Lindelof missed out the win over Burnley with a back problem whereas Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial picked up late knocks. However, the Frenchman is in contention to start on Sunday as recent reports from the Daily Express state that the Frenchman could be declared fit to make the trip to Merseyside. Besides, Bruno Fernandes is just one booking away from a one-match ban.

On the other hand, Liverpool duo Joel Matip and Naby Keita may not feature against Manchester United this weekend as none of them was spotted in Wednesday’s session at the AXA Training Centre.

Liverpool Vs Manchester United Tactical Preview (Anthony Martial can be seen in the picture)
Anthony Martial of Manchester United shoots during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on January 12, 2021 in Burnley, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tactical Preview And Key Men

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford are expected to carry most of United’s creative and goal-scoring burdens upfront. Up against the Liverpool defence that has kept just 2 clean sheets in their last six league games, the pair would be looking forward to adding to their combined tally of 30 goals and 14 assists this season. Besides, Paul Pogba has been immense for the visitors lately and it’ll be an understatement to say that Solskjaer will need him at his best if he wishes to pick up a positive result at Anfield.

On the other hand, the home side has scored just 1 goal over the last three league games; however, they would be hoping to return to their goal-scoring ways on Sunday. The makeshift defence consisting of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho hasn’t impressed yet as Solskjaer’s men will be constantly looking for ways to exploit it time and again.

Predicted Lineups

Liverpool possible starting XI:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson, Milner, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Manchester United possible starting XI:

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Fernandes; Martial, Rashford

Our Prediction

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United.

Pratik Das

The youngest member of The 4th Official and an ardent Premier League fan who is basically obsessed with scouting young talents and is consumed by the idea of finding the perfect number 10.