2021-22 Premier League: Week Nine – Manchester United vs Liverpool

Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford in a blockbuster Super Sunday showdown to conclude the latest round of Premier League action.

Should Tottenham fail to beat West Ham in the mid-afternoon match, victory would lift Man Utd up to fourth unless West Ham also win and can produce a better goal difference than the Red Devils.

Liverpool meanwhile can return above Manchester City into second with a win.

 

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Marcus Rashford is a doubt for Man Utd after suffering a dead leg in Wednesday’s comeback Champions League win over Atalanta.

Bruno Fernandes, Fred (both knocks) and Anthony Martial (fitness) face late checks but Amad Diallo (thigh) and Raphael Varane (groin) are ruled out.

Liverpool is set to welcome Curtis Jones back into contention after the England youngster recovered from a groin injury suffered on international duty for England’s U21 squad.

Thiago Alcantara (calf) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) remain absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • Man Utd are winless in their last six Premier League meetings against Liverpool (D3, L3).
  • Liverpool have won just one of their last five league visits to Old Trafford (W1, D3, L1).
  • Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes both netted in Utd’s home clashes against Liverpool in FA Cup and Premier League last season (W1, L1).
  • Utd are yet to score a headed goal this season in all domestic competitions.
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the highest-scoring foreign Premier League player this season, having netted seven goals in eight league appearances.

 

Prediction

After looking directionless with awful defending in their loss at Leicester last weekend, Man Utd again looked dreadful in the first half of Wednesday’s Champions League win over Atalanta yet dug deep and were able to pull off victory which will give them massive positive morale heading into this game.

I however do feel that major improvements will be required across the entire 90 minutes if they’re to live with Liverpool’s intensity, given their inconsistent performances in recent weeks otherwise this could be a brutal result.

Liverpool meanwhile could of easily come into this match with high expectations after their ruthless battering of Watford last weekend, but they certainly had an ideal away test against Atletico Madrid in midweek in which their defence were exposed at times despite snatching a narrow win.

Either way, this is certainly a tasty encounter because if Utd turn out a weak performance at any stage then they will certainly be ruthlessly punished by Liverpool’s fierce attack, yet they could suddenly come out with a rare top performance befitting of their quality and potential.

Making a prediction therefore is difficult but my gut instinct is that Liverpool will just have the edge if Utd switch off mentally for any sustained periods of the match.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool

Result: Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool

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