England Premier League
Sunday 19th January 2020
Kick off at 4:30pm GMT
Liverpool and Manchester United is still the biggest game in England - the two most successful sides, and they will go head to head on Sunday in what is sure to be a fantastic clash and hopefully a memorable game.
Manchester United are obviously not as strong as they once were and it has been a 7 year journey which has felt, for the most part, like looking at a different team and philosophy. However the Red Devils have also shown flashes of their brilliance especially under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. One thing is for sure the club are the only ones to have taken points from Liverpool this season when the clubs drew 1-1 at Old Trafford.
By Sunday United could be 8 points adrift of 4th place and have lost one or two places so this remains an incredibly important game for them for their Champions League hopes.
Form has been mixed but they have won 3 of their last 5 games and last weekend had no problem in beating Norwich 4-0. The club have been suspect on the road though picking up just 12 points from a possible 33, and have lost two of their last three games. Their last match ending in a 2-0 loss at Arsenal.
Liverpool have 61 points and are 14 clear of Manchester City - by Sunday this could be 11. They are unbeaten at home for 51 games and have not lost a league match for 38. Their last game here ended in a 2-0 win over Sheffield United. At home it is a 100% record, played 11 won 11 and the Reds also have the best defence at home conceding just 9 this season.
Liverpool: Fabinho is being tipped to be ready for this game after his ankle injury has kept him out for a few months. Dejan Lovren has recovered from his muscle injury and could be assessed for this game. Joel Matip should also return after his knee injury. James Milner is ruled out again after his muscle injury
Manchester United: Eric Bailly could return after a lack of match fitness and will face a late test. It has been confirmed that Paul Pogba will miss the rest of this month due to his ankle injury. Marcus Rashford has a back injury and is now only 50/50 to make this game, he will face a late test. Luke Shaw is a doubt with a hamstring injury and Ashley Young has joined Inter Milan
Liverpool vs Man Utd Head to Head:
Last season Liverpool won this game 3-1.
Manchester United last won at Anfield in 2016, winning that game 1-0.
There is a 60% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Liverpool vs Man Utd Prediction:
Marcus Rashford could end up being United’s secret weapon, has Solskjaer played his poker card telling the media the player won’t make it, to make Jurgen Klopp think about his tactics? It seems like the only card that United have. The Red Devils will go for this game, they have too and Liverpool are a great rival. It would feel like winning a trophy to beat Liverpool and end their unbeaten run, that there is no doubt and they would love to be the club to do it.
However, and this is with all due respect, the only situation where Liverpool lose this game will be most probably down to themselves, if the club finally have an off day and nothing works for them. That line seems alien to a team who are completely focused and it looks difficult not to see them win yet another game. The reality is that United have been average to poor away from home and could be missing some key players. They were a shambles against Arsenal a team in transition, so how can we think they can get anything against this Liverpool side, now being treated by the media as perhaps the greatest English club side ever?
Liverpool vs Man Utd Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (-1 Liverpool) at 1.66
Anytime goalscorer: Sadio Mane at 2.30
Liverpool to score 2+ goals at 1.50