Manchester United v Liverpool Preview And Predictions - Premier League Week Nine
Man United and Liverpool bring the curtain down on another weekend of Premier League action when they clash at Old Trafford on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp's team have been in sensational form both on the domestic and European front, however the German will be well aware that when these two bitter rivals meet, form goes out the window. Check out our preview and predictions below, and don't miss out on former Liverpool and Man United midfielder Paul Ince who gave his exclusive insights ahead of what should be a thrilling clash between two of his former clubs.
Man Utd rose to the top of their group in Europe with a thrilling comeback against Atalanta on Wednesday, but despite an impressive second-half display rounded off by a winner from Cristiano Ronaldo, the result can’t paper over the cracks entirely.
It’s difficult to know exactly which version of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will turn up on any given day, but regardless of the end result, the defence has consistently struggled and they’ve managed just a single clean sheet from 12 games this season.
With Raphael Varane out injured, Victor Lindelof will likely partner Harry Maguire at the back, which spells trouble as Man Utd have failed to register a clean sheet in any of the five games the French defender hasn’t featured in this term.
That includes shipping six goals in the last two against Leicester and Atalanta, while their selection problems don’t end there.
Both Fred and Marcus Rashford were forced off against Atalanta so are doubts to feature here.
With Anthony Martial also expected to miss out again, that could mean Paul Pogba returns to the left-hand side of attack, where he’s been more effective for the club, leaving a rather uninspiring combination of Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay as the central midfield axis.
Liverpool Draw No Bet
Liverpool remain undefeated this season as they’ve won nine of 12 games, most recently downing Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, albeit aided by Antoine Griezmann’s red card with the scores locked at 2-2.
They’ve passed a number of testing fixtures over this spell, also beating Milan and Porto in Europe and earning stalemates with title rivals Chelsea and Man City domestically.
Mo Salah To Score Anytime
Scoring goals hasn’t been an issue for Jurgen Klopp’s men, with Mo Salah in particularly sparkling form.
The Egyptian has now scored in eight consecutive games for the club, with 10 goals in total over this run, while he’s bagged four goals across his past four encounters with Man Utd themselves since 2019/20.
The Reds have netted at least three times in eight of their last nine appearances, with the exception when they only managed a mere two against Man City.
Over 3.5 Goals
The last two clashes between these sides have produced plenty of entertainment, with Man Utd winning 3-2 in the FA Cup back in January, before Liverpool gained revenge with a 4-2 league win in May, as both these games were at Old Trafford.
Given Man Utd’s past two games have seen a combined 11 goals, while Liverpool’s past five have seen as many as 26, with all seven of those matches seeing a minimum of four strikes, this looks set to be a cracker.
LIVERPOOL DRAW NO BET
MO SALAH TO SCORE ANYTIME
OVER 3.5 GOALS