Liverpool will be looking to do a season double over Manchester United by coming away from Old Trafford with three points on Sunday.
We were comfortable 3-1 winners at Anfield back in December that proved to be Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge of the Red Devils.
Since then United have gone from strength to strength under the guidance of caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who won his 12th game from 14 on Monday night by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup.
24 hours later and we were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Bayern Munich in the first leg of our Champions League second round tie. The clean sheet was even more impressive given that Virgil van Dijk was suspended and fellow centre-backs Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren both sidelined.
Aside from Gomez and Lovren being injured for us, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been on the treatment table all season. We have plenty of resources in midfield. It will be interesting to see if Xherdan Shaqiri starts this weekend following his brace in the first encounter between the two sides two months ago.
Manchester United have a couple of injuries of their own heading into the game with us on Sunday. Solskjaer’s side lost both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard during the first half of their 2-0 loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier this month – the Norwegian’s only loss to date as United boss.
The attacking pair had been regulars in the first team in recent weeks, but Marcus Rashford will have to either partner Romelu Lukaku up front this weekend, or be flanked by Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata in a 4-3-3 formation. Sanchez has been troubled by an injury of his own lately but was introduced from the bench on Monday.
United will also be without full-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian but neither have featured much at all this season, particularly under the new manager. Ashley Young and Luke Shaw can expect to keep their places in the back four whilst it’s any two from Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly or Chris Smalling to partner at centre-back.
There should be an excellent battle in midfield with the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum potentially going up against Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and the in-form Paul Pogba.
We start the weekend joint top of the table with Manchester City with this being our game in hand as the Citizens are in action in the EFL Cup final, kicking off shortly after our game has finished.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Betting Tips
The bookmakers have made us favourites for our trip to Old Trafford on Sunday with BetUK giving us a price of 13/10 to come away with all three points.
Sadio Mane has scored in our last four Premier League matches. The Senegalese forward is 2/1 with BetUK to score anytime versus Manchester United.
After a good defensive display versus Bayern Munich midweek we’re 9/4 with BetUK to keep a clean sheet this weekend.