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.
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.
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|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
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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.
10 March 2018 - 12:30 GMT
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