Liverpool are out to make it 9 wins from 9 Premier League video games on Sunday once they tackle a Manchester United facet struggling to even tread water at Previous Trafford.
It took a last-ditch James Milner penalty for the league-leading guests to maintain up their profitable streak towards Leicester Metropolis earlier than the worldwide break, nevertheless it stays to be seen whether or not United can put up a struggle in mild of their latest troubles.
Right here, we check out three of the important thing speaking factors.
As quickly as Matty Longstaff’s shot hit the online two weeks in the past, United had been looking out for a saviour. Anybody to spare them the ignominy of shedding to one of many solely golf equipment in England that’s run in a worse style.
He by no means appeared. In truth, apart from Harry Maguire’s unfathomable miss from 4 yards, United by no means as soon as seemed like scoring towards a facet that screams relegation materials.
Forged your eye over the teamsheet attributable to be submitted on Sunday and except the match-winners are hiding, it’s a equally bleak outlook towards league-winning materials.
Paul Pogba solely will get higher when he’s not enjoying but, love him or detest him, no Crimson Satan has the power to singularly impact a recreation as a lot as him.
His compatriot Anthony Martial is about for a return and whereas it’s straightforward to romanticise a few participant who famously acquired off the mark for United by scoring towards Liverpool, the Frenchman has typically given followers 4 years of unrequited love.
Anthony Martial will face Van Dijk once more on Sunday, throwback when he despatched him again to the Netherlands with this naughty talent. We have to witness this as soon as once more. pic.twitter.com/ZHmd52PbgP
— Crimson Satan Bible (@RedDevilBible) October 17, 2019
Even when Liverpool had been the underdogs on this fixture, they possessed gamers who habitually stepped up. Steven Gerrard. Fernando Torres. Luis Suarez. Xabi Alonso. How about Danny Murphy?
Except a game-changer is lurking within the shadows, the clouds will proceed to collect over Previous Trafford.
Simply one other match?
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t like mixed XIs. It’s a social media phenomena that sparks debate and garners clicks, however forward of this recreation it’s solely served to get the German’s hackles up.
One Sky Sports activities pundit gleefully rubbed salt into United’s gaping wounds by selecting 11 Liverpool gamers but, in an impassioned rejection of the idea, Klopp mentioned such speak solely serves to ‘build a banana skin’ for his facet.
That will be a slightly weak excuse. All these previous cliches about rivalries – the shape e book goes out of the window, it’s a terrific leveller, they’re unpredictable and so forth – shouldn’t apply right here.
United are lacking their finest participant and probably their keeper in David De Gea, whereas quite a few others are coping with knocks. An unbeaten Liverpool, then again, are more likely to welcome again Alisson and stay hopeful Mo Salah will likely be within the beginning line-up.
They play a facet who has misplaced to Crystal Palace at residence, is struggling to attain, is bereft of confidence and – honestly – can’t lay declare to being stronger than Liverpool at any place.
Constructing this up because the traditional rivalry may serve to throw Klopp’s males off. Quite, they need to strategy it like every other match – properly, why wouldn’t they?
Digging an Ole
Sir Alex Ferguson paid a go to to United’s coaching floor on Saturday and although he could also be reluctant to impart his knowledge to Solskjaer, if there’s any time to try this – it’s now.
Varied experiences notice that the membership are adamant Solskjaer won’t be sacked within the occasion of any form of loss on Sunday, even when this solely seems like a dreaded vote of confidence heard second-hand.
9 defeats within the 19 video games because the Crimson Devils icon was made everlasting supervisor is a sickening statistic. However, because the Norwegian famous on Thursday, ‘weve made some decisions that maybe in the short term would harm us but we know in the long term will benefit us’, such because the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leaving United mild up entrance.
Lengthy-term plans are all properly and good. Actuality suggests although that no supervisor, presiding over a membership of such excessive reputation, may hope to trip a storm out no matter how dangerous it will get.
Plans are for the long run, pluck is required for the current.