STAR PREVIEW Sun: Manchester United v Liverpool

Manchester City have been Premier League champions elect for some time now but city rivals Manchester United can keep them waiting one more week by avoiding defeat against Liverpool today. At face value today’s game is more important to Liverpool – they’re four points outside the top four and unless they win their last five games, including this fixture, then their chances of Champions League football is slim – but United won’t let the fiercest of rivalries slide.

Man Utd v Liverpool
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (maximum 10 matches)
JAN 2021 FA CUP Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool
JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
JAN 2020 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
OCT 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
OCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
MAR 2016 EUROPA LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
MAR 2016 EUROPA LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

Motivation and form ought to be high at Old Trafford following their 6-2 hammering of Roma on Thursday to all but put themselves into the Europa League final, which should allow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to put forward a strong side without too many changes.

Even if some rotation is employed, it’s not as if United lack any strength – Mason Greenwood, Donny Van De Beek, Eric Bailly, and Alex Telles were on the bench against Roma – and they certainly look to have deeper reserves than a Liverpool side that’s had their campaign wrecked by injury.

Even at this late stage, they could be under strength – if Nat Phillips doesn’t make it then Fabinho may have to switch to centre-back again.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won just one of their last five games – a 2-1 success against Aston Villa – and whilst they created enough to win easily against Newcastle last week another defensive lapse meant Joe Willock stole a point for the Magpies there. Liverpool have won five of their last seven away games in the Premier League, but United’s home record is much better than most have given them credit for.

Only Manchester City and West Ham have collected more points at home in the Premier League, with United also scoring the second most home goals in the top flight, and their victory against Roma made it six wins in their last seven. The hosts are too big to avoid defeat, or indeed inflict another loss on Liverpool.

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