One of the biggest rivalries in world football is reignited as Manchester United host Liverpool this Sunday. Manchester United look set to return to the top 4 after their recent upturn in form, whereas Jurgen Klopp is looking to bring a first Premier League title to Anfield. At Old Trafford, United are still unbeaten in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although they were beaten by PSG in the Champions League. For Liverpool, their electric start has stuttered recently, allowing Manchester City to catch up.
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Manchester United Premier League Form
Last Time Out In The Premier League
Paul Pogba inspired Man United to another win in their 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage before the FA Cup break. The Frenchman has been in inspired form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the job. Pogba continued his strong run with a near post finish after 14 minutes, despite Fulham’s early chances. It was another Frenchman who stole the show for the second goal however. Anthony Martial picked the ball up on the halfway line, before sprinting past 3 players and finishing into the far corner. Alongside Pogba, Martial is one of the players to benefit the most from a change of management and his talent is becoming clear once again. Fulham continued to struggle defensively, and when United were awarded a 65th minute penalty, Pogba duly obliged for his second goal of the afternoon. Alexis Sanchez could have added to Fulham woes, but failed to finish when 1 on 1. That makes it 23 goals scored in 9 Premier League matches for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, a much improved record from the previous regime.
Liverpool Premier League Form
Last Time Out In The Premier League
Liverpool went level on points with Manchester City once again with a comfortable win against Bournemouth. Sadio Mane opened the scoring after 24 minutes, guiding James Milner’s cross into the bottom corner. It was Mane’s 12th league goal of the season, just 1 goal away from his best tally in England. Gini Wijnaldum has often gone unnoticed as a vital part of Liverpool’s side, but he showed his class against Bournemouth. The Dutch international collected Andy Robertson’s lofted pass before beautifully lobbing the ball over Artur Boruc. The rout was completed just after the break, after Roberto Firmino’s slick backheel found Mo Salah, who easily curled his shot around Boruc. Despite Salah’s apparent struggles this season, he has scored 17 goals and is the current front runner for the Golden Boot.
Manchester United v Liverpool Head to Head
Manchester United Wins - 88 Draws - 65 Liverpool Wins - 76
It’s no surprise that these two behemoths of English football have played each other over 200 times over the years. It’s rarely dull when they meet as well, from Dimitar Berbatov’s 2010 hattrick to Liverpool’s 4-1 demolition at Old Trafford, we are always in for a treat. The last time these sides met was earlier this season. Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners that day thanks to Xherdan Shaqiri’s late double, in a result that was followed by the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Prior to that, United were unbeaten in almost 3 years against Liverpool, nearly 5 if you exclude the Europa League meeting in 2016. In this fixture in particular, Manchester United’s home record is impressive, losing just once at Old Trafford in the last 10 years.
What Do The Stats Say?
Looking back at Manchester United’s results this season, one thing that we can expect is goals. 87 goals in just 26 matches in the league averages at 3.3 goals per game, over 0.5 goals over the league average this season. Although United’s leaky defence was an issue early on in the year, Solskjaer has shored up his back 4. 4 of United’s 6 clean sheets have come in the 9 matches that Solskjaer has been in charge. It will be interesting to see how United stand up against Liverpool’s front line, a side that has scored less than only Manchester City in the Premier League.
Where to watch Manchester United v Liverpool
Manchester United v Liverpool will be shown live on Sky Sports from 2:05 pm on Sunday 24th February.
Bet UK’s Headline Tip
A few months ago, this might have been a cagey affair. But with both teams now chasing something, there is plenty to play for and expect a hatful of goals.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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