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STAR PREVIEW Mon: Manchester United v Liverpool

A famous, old rivalry is reignited on Monday night when Manchester United, desperate for their first win of the Premier League season, go head-to-head with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

It has been a disastrous start to the season for Manchester United – there is really no two ways about it. After losing 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on the opening game of the season, they must have thought things could not possibly get worse. But they did.

Brentford taught them a footballing lesson last week when, in 45 minutes, all of Manchester United’s problems were brutally exposed with the Bees remarkably going in four goals up at the break.

Erik Ten Hag’s side have been boosted by the arrival of defensive midfielder Casemiro since that dreadful day in West London, but there is clearly a lot of work to do for the Dutchman who finds himself under pressure already.

Manchester United v Liverpool
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HDR

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
APR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-0 Manchester United
OCT 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-4 Liverpool
JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool
JAN 2021 FA CUP Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
JAN 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United
OCT 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United
MAR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

Liverpool’s start to the season, although much better than United’s, has also been fairly lacklustre with the Reds sitting in 15th-position with two draws from their opening two Premier League matches.

The Reds managed to bounce back from Darwin Nunez’s red card in their last game and salvage a draw against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace, but Jurgen Klopp will have certainly hoped for a stronger start to the campaign.

Their stuttering start is, of course, down in no small part to an ever-growing injury list which includes Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calvin Ramsay and Caoimhin Kelleher.

Klopp is expected to bring Joe Gomez into his starting XI while Jordan Henderson could also return in the midfield engine room.

United will surely show some signs of improvement from their dismal first two performances, but Liverpool will be a tough challenge and is probably the last game that the Red Devils would have liked. We’re backing Klopp’s side to get the three points.

JOE CITRONE

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