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Manchester United vs Liverpool - Match Preview

09 Mar 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Manchester United

  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W


12:30 GMT
10 March 2018

Liverpool FC

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

12:30 GMT 10 March 2018

The focus of English football has firmly been on European action this week as Tottenham were dumped out of the Champions League while Manchester City and Liverpool cruised into the quarter-final. The latter are in action again this weekend against an age-old rival, Manchester United. The two heavyweights meet at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kick-off as both sides fight for second place. United currently occupy second spot but the Reds are just two points behind them in third.


  • Man United haven’t been particularly convincing at times this season in the Premier League but they are still in second and are still in with a chance of a Champions League quarter-final place. They have won three and lost two of their last five, losing more ground on runaway leaders, Manchester City in the process. Losses against Tottenham and Newcastle were disappointing while a very late winner in the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace saved the points.
  • Liverpool have been in devastating form in the league recently and it has seen them get within touching distance of Jose Mourinho’s side. They’re unbeaten in their last five top-flight games, with a controversial 2-2 draw with Spurs stopping them from winning five in a row. They eased past Newcastle in their last league game with a 2-0 win at Anfield.
  • After his Man of the Match performance against Chelsea, all eyes will be on Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford, he’s the Red Devils’ top scorer with 14 goals in the league this term.
  • No player in the English top-flight has scored more than Mohamed Salah, who has 24 goals, joint with Harry Kane. With eight assists, he has also contributed to more goals than anyone else.


After having such a strong history of great matches between these two sides, the last few have been boring. Four draws on the bounce in all competitions with just four goals in those games, sums it up. There was none when they met last, in October: David de Gea stole the show with a brilliant performance as neither side could break the deadlock. Liverpool last won at the Theatre of Dreams almost four years ago, in March 2014 thanks to a brace of Steven Gerrard penalties and Luis Suarez’ late goal. There have been under 2.5 goals in each of the last six meetings between these two sides.


It’s important that United take all three points on Saturday to distance themselves in second. They might have Marouane Fellaini back in the squad while Eric Bailly should be fit to start. Anthony Martial is still injured as he was for the game against Palace.

Latest matches: Manchester United

05.03.2018 Prem Crystal Palace Manchester United 2:3 W
25.02.2018 Prem Manchester United Chelsea FC 2:1 W
21.02.2018 UEFA Sevilla FC Manchester United 0:0 D
17.02.2018 FA C Huddersfield Town Manchester United 0:2 W
11.02.2018 Prem Newcastle United Manchester United 1:0 L


The visitors could overtake their opponents in the league with three points and they might have the benefit of Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum all back in the team. Nathaniel Clyne isn’t ready to return so Trent Alexander-Arnold will start.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

06.03.2018 UEFA Liverpool FC FC Porto 0:0 D
03.03.2018 Prem Liverpool FC Newcastle United 2:0 W
24.02.2018 Prem Liverpool FC West Ham United 4:1 W
14.02.2018 UEFA FC Porto Liverpool FC 0:5 W
11.02.2018 Prem Southampton FC Liverpool FC 0:2 W


As it has been in the recent meetings between the sides, it will be very hard to split the sides on Saturday, especially if Mourinho deploys his ‘park the bus’ tactics. Man United are slight favourites because of home advantage but the pace and power of Liverpool’s attack will give them an outlet and could cause major problems for the home side.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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