Another serious test for van Gaal’s players

Last updated: January 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 2:05pm
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWLWW
Away form: DWWDL
Last season: 1-2
Competition: The Premier League

Wayne Rooney finally found his best form. The English international forward found the net twice against Newcastle and made an assist in the last round of The Premier League. But his efforts weren’t enough for United to achieve the victory. The Red Devils ended with a 3-3 draw against The Magpies in a breathtaking match.

The upcoming match against Liverpool at Anfield will be another serious test for The Red Devils, who obviously aren’t on their top form. On the other hand, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has serious problems with injured players. He can’t use his key defenders Skrtel and Dejan Lovren. The German manager had to play Tiago Ilori and Jose Enrique as central defenders in the match against Exeter in The FA Cup and The Reds conceded two goals in their net.

Liverpool and Manchester United have met 166 times so far. The Red Devils have an advantage. They have won 67 games. There’s been 44 draws and 55 successes for The Reds. But Liverpool have more victories than United at Anfield. The Reds have won 39 of 83 games at Liverpool.

Team News

Bastian Schweinsteiger is suffering from a knee injury. The German international will surely miss the game against Liverpool at Anfield.

Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia are also sidelined for the upcoming fixture. Jones is suffering from an ankle injury.

Jordan Henderson has recently recovered from his ankle injury. The midfielder is expected to be among the starting XI.

Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Skrtel, Rossiter and Ings are injured for Liverpool. That’s why Kolo Toure will appear on the pitch for The Reds.

Quotes of the week

klopp Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “What we have to do is think first of all about the performance and not about the result.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “There are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent’s defence but that is football.”

Expected line-ups:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Coutinho, Milner, Can, Henderson, Firmino, Benteke.
Subs Bogdan, Enrique, Adam Lallana, Allen, Smith, Leiva, Ibe.
Injured: Ings, Origi, Rossiter, Gomez, Skrtel, Lovren, Sturridge.
Not available:
Man United (4-4-2): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Young, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Mata, Martial, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Pereira, McNair, Carrick, Herrera, Memphis, Lingard.
Injured: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Valencia, Jones.
Not available:

Key Battle

milner Milner this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
15 1324 2 1,6 3 2 6 0
Mata this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 (1) 1661 4 1,6 3 1 2 0

So far this season

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Liverpool this season Manchester United this season
8 League Position 6
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 5 (4)
4-1 vs. Man City Biggest win 3-0 vs. Sunderland and Everton
3 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
2 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (4)
0-3 to Watford and West Ham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Benteke (6) Top scorer Martial, Rooney (5)
Lallana, Milner, Coutinho and Firmino (3) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y39, R1 Discipline Y36, R0
6 Failures to score 7
7 Clean Sheets 10
9 Both Teams to Score Games 9
8 Over 2.5 Games 11
12 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • Manchester United are on a run of 4 consecutive away Premier League matches without a victory. The Red Devils last win away from Old Trafford was against Watford (2-1).
  • The Red Devils won their last 3 games against The Merseysiders. Man United scored 8 goals and conceded 2 in these matches.
  • Van Gaal’s players won the match against Liverpool in the first half of the season. Manchester United beat The Reds 3-1 and Anthony Martial scored on his debut.
  • Manchester United have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 away Premiership matches. The last time The Red Devils didn’t concede a goal was three months ago (0-0 vs. Crystal Palace).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
12/09/15 The Premier League Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool D. Blind 49′
22/03/15 The Premier League Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United Mata 14′
14/12/14 The Premier League Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool W. Rooney 12′
16/03/14 The Premier League Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool Gerrard (PG) 34′
25/09/13 The Capital One Cup Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool J. Hernández 46′