|Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah must show workings in a game of huge significance at Old Trafford on Monday night. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
The final game of the premier league games three round is a mega game that deserves special time allocation with Liverpool and Manchester United looking to restart their respective seasons after different kinds of false starts.
The Red Devils have lost twice without scoring a goal of their own and they are only off the bottom on goal difference after Brighton beat Westham away on Sunday. United will look to avoid a historic loss that would see the lose their opening three games of the season for the first time ever.
Liverpool played two, drew two, conceded three and scored three. It is the first time since the reigns of Jurgen Klopp that the Kops wouldn’t win any of their first two and the concern is in the fact that the oppositions haven’t been top class.
A draw away to Fulham and at home to Crystal Palace isn’t a form a title contender needs and if Liverpool loses to United, they will go seven points off Arsenal at the top of the log as they currently sit five points of their fellow title favorites Manchester City.
Manchester United will be inspired by the imminent arrival of Casemiro, who could be followed by Ajax’ Anthony but none of those would be available on Monday against Liverpool. United need a statement performance and strong defensive showing to stand a chance of appeasing their disgruntled fans.
How will United line up? Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire are the likely men to return in defense but Erik Ten Hag must make a decision on the fullback and defensive midfield positions. Cristiano Ronaldo should be primed to perform in a game like this alongside Bruno Fernandes, it’s a must win for them.
Liverpool will be without Darwin Nunes who begins his three-match ban for his indiscretions against the Eagles and only Mohammed Salah and Luis Dias are available upfront; that leaves room for Firmhinho to come in or any of the kids – Carvalho and Elliot.
Liverpool destroyed United home and away last season with the 5-0 at Old Trafford the highlight of the season; both sides need the result and even a draw won’t be good enough. It will be a great night for the neutrals.