As Manchester United prepares to host Liverpool, the biggest regular-season game in English club football is just around the corner.
The two most powerful clubs in the world will clash once more. But for the first time in what seems like an eternity, the Red Devils might be considered favorites. Liverpool’s injury and form woes have left them looking far from their normal effervescent selves, and they are fighting for a place in the Champions League’s top four for next season.
Meanwhile, United is safely in the second position and will almost certainly compete in Europe’s top league next season. The Reds are in more desperate need of a win, but both teams will be hoping for one. Here are the picks for the matchup on Sunday:
Manchester United predicted XI
With all going on in the Europa League and their safe Premier League place. They’d have to lose four of their last five games while West Ham wins both of theirs to miss out on the Champions League. It will be wise for Manchester United to rest their key players and focus on Europa League.
However, under the new boss, the Red Devils have never rotated much. And with the tradition of the Liverpool rivalry and the fact that United are so well ahead of Liverpool in the league, they may want to make a huge point. As a result, it will primarily be a full-strength hand.
The goalkeeper will be Dean Henderson, and Alex Telles will likely start in place of Luke Shaw, with breaks for Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba, but the rest of the lineup will be typical Manchester United.
Expect ‘McFred’ to anchor midfield and kick all those passes, with Dan James on the right wing, Mason Greenwood up front, and the almost indestructible cyborg bodies of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford completing the line.
Liverpool predicted XI
This season, nothing has succeeded for Liverpool. Many of Jurgen Klopp’s tweaks have resulted in dead ends and confusion as his clearly talented Premier League winners have floundered like a fish out of water. The whole thing was a sputtering, gasping mess.
With this trip to Old Trafford, where Klopp has failed to win in six tries as Liverpool boss. This is becoming a must-win in the Reds’ search for Champions League football. We expect them to go full-strength and back-to-basics.
Obviously, their centre-back injury situation has claimed Nat Phillips (who is doubtful for the weekend). So Fabinho will be brought into the back-line alongside Ozan Kabak, with James Milner taking his place in midfield. This frees up Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones to come off the bench and add some scoring punch if necessary.
Manchester United & Liverpool Can Light up Super Sunday Football
Four of the last seven encounters between these two titans have resulted in a stalemate. This undermines such a Super Sunday in the process. It’s possible that this one would be different from the others. At this point in the game, there is no real suspense. Unlike previous meetings, there will be no talk of championships, and United are easily placed in second place, with a foot in the Europa League final.