Man Utd and Liverpool face off in the north-west showdown

Last updated: February 23, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 14:05
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWDWW
Away Form: WDDWW
Last Meeting: Liverpool 3 – 1 Man Utd
Competition: EPL

Man Utd play host to Liverpool in what is shaping up to be a key match in the title race. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been in charge the Red Devils have been in sensational form, winning eight of the nine league matches played. Whatever the result, we are in for a what is shaping up to be a thrilling game.

Manchester United’s revival under the Norwegian has been remarkable, they are the Premier League’s in-form side, and are showing what kind of team they could be. Paul Pogba has been in sensational form, and it makes you wonder why Mourinho couldn’t get the best of him. Marcus Rashford has also found his scoring boots, and when United get going, they really do look irresistible.

Liverpool have started 2019 relatively slowly, seeing a 7-point lead of City vanish. They really do need to make this game count, as the Sky Blues have a game in hand and are playing the League Cup final this weekend, so the Reds have the opportunity to get back to the top of the table. If they do manage to win it would be a huge psychological boost in the title race.

United, on the other hand, are looking to cement their position in fourth place. This looked unachievable two months ago, but now they are favourites to snatch the final Champions League place. Thanks to Chelsea’s woes and Arsenal’s indifferent form, the Red Devils have seized their opportunity. Although they do have a couple of injuries, with Martial and Lingard sidelined, they will be confident going into this match-up.

Liverpool welcome back Virgil van Dijk, who was suspended from the midweek clash against FC Bayern. Lovren remains doubtful, but it is unlikely he will get back into the team when he is fit. The Reds will be hoping Salah adds to his tally of 17 PL goals for the season, and fires them back to the top of the league. With both teams showing attacking flair, we are hoping this game will see some goals.

Team News

Man Utd lost both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to injury against PSG and they remain sidelined.

Dejan Lovren will most likely miss out, having not made Liverpool’s squad for the midweek game against Bayern.

Solskjaer is also without Marcus Rojo, Antonio Valencia, and Matteo Darmian.

Virgil van Dijk will return to the line-up, so it remains to be seen if Fabihno replaces Keita in midfield.

Expected Line-Ups:

Man Utd (4-3-1-2): De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Pereira, Fred, Dalot, McTominay, Sanchez
Injured: Martial, Lingard, Rojo, Valencia
Doubtful: Darmian
Not available:
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabihno, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Subs: Mingolet, Moreno, Milner, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi
Injured: Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Doubtful: Lovren
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man Utd This Season Liverpool This Season
4th League Position 2nd
15 (8) Wins (away) 20 (9)
5 – 1 v Cardiff Biggest Win 5 – 1 v Arsenal
6 (2) Draws (away) 5 (3)
0 – 3 v Tottenham Biggest Defeat 1 – 2 v Man City
Paul Pogba (11) Top Goal Scorer Mohamed Salah (17)
Y51, R3 Discipline Y24, R2
2 Failures to Score 1
23% Clean Sheets 53%
73.08% Both Teams to Score Games 46.15%
76.92% Over 2.5 Goals 53.85%
23.08% Under 2.5 Goals 46.15%
  • Man United haven’t lost at home to Liverpool in their last five matches.
  • Liverpool have failed to score just once all season, while United have kept a clean sheet in only 23% of their matches.
  • Man Unite have won 8 of the 9 league matches with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge.
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their past 13 PL away matches.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
16/12/2018 EPL Liverpool 3 – 1 Man Utd Mane 24′
10/03/2018 EPL Man Utd 2 – 1 Liverpool Rashford 14′
14/10/2017 EPL Liverpool 0 – 0 Man Utd
15/01/2017 EPL Man Utd 1 – 1 Liverpool Milner 27′
11/12/2016 EPL Liverpool 0 – 0 Man Utd

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Liverpool are considered favourites here, and with Man United’s leaky defence, there will surely be goals flying around. Even so, the Reds have historically struggled at Old Trafford, and maybe we can see a shock result here. Something that could ultimately put the title in the hands of United’s sky blue neighbours. Man United to win are a healthy 2/1 (3.00) at Coral, an even riskier play, is both teams to score and the United win at 21/5 (5.20). Good luck!