Manchester United v Liverpool match preview
The Premier League match of the weekend is between two archrivals, Manchester United and Liverpool. These are the two most successful clubs in England and have had a fierce rivalry for many years. Liverpool was the more successful club in the 80’s however, since the creation of the Premier League in 1992 United have been the more successful with Liverpool not winning a league title since. However, many people think this might be Liverpool’s year.
In the last few seasons the matches at Old Trafford between the two clubs have been a bit dull and have ended in either 0-0 or 1-0. This was especially the case when Mourinho was in charge of United. However, Mourinho’s last game in charge of the club was against Liverpool where United lost at Anfield 3-1.
This season United have been pretty poor, they started the season off brilliantly, beating Chelsea 4-0, however, since then have only won one match against Leicester. They currently only have eight points in the league and are in 12th place only two points away from the relegation zone after eight matches. United will be boosted by the return of Martial and Shaw, who have been injured but are in the squad to face Liverpool. We will have to see if they start the match but if they are back fully fit OGS will have to play them. One negative for United is that De Gea limped out of Spain’s match and is a doubt for the match this weekend which would be a huge loss for them, with Poga also not fit yet.
Liverpool have begun the season just were they left it last season and have won all eight of their matches. They sit top of the table and are eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. If they win against United then they will have equaled City’s Premier League record of 18 wins in a row, which would be a huge achievement. Liverpool will also be boosted by the return of Alisson who was injured in the first match of the season. Matip has also returned to training and is in contention to start the match after his fine performances this season.
This is a crunch match for OGS who has been feeling the pressure in the last few weeks. The United board have said they will back him, but if the results don’t change and his team gets thumped by Liverpool this weekend, then he would be looking over his shoulder.