Manchester United vs Liverpool: A crucial match for both sides as they vie for position in the Premier League. Who will come out on top?
|Liverpool and Manchester United have it all to play for at Anfield on Sunday, it's a winner takes all affair, who will come out tops? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Talks of a potential league title have simmered a little at Old Trafford, but after winning the Carabao Cup against Newcastle last weekend, United can dream, and no one can stop them from doing so.
It’s not the same at the moment at Anfield.
Liverpool broke into the top six for the first time in a long time in midweek with a big win over Wolves, but as routine as it was supposed to be, the celebrations after the fulltime whistle went off explain how far off Liverpool is this season.
The Kops could gatecrash the top four if they win their outstanding two games, as they are just six points behind Tottenham in fourth.
A win over United will be the first step in the right direction, and the only way Liverpool can make a good statement is to win here.
United have also played two games fewer than Arsenal and Manchester United, but there are fourteen points between the Red Devils and the Gunners as it stands.
You can’t count points you haven’t won; Manchester United must do the talking on the pitch, and there’s still some distance to cover.
Erik Ten Hag’s men have only won once in the league in the last five meetings between the two, but on current form, United can believe they will get a result.
Liverpool scored nine times without a reply against United last season; can United return the favour by beating Liverpool twice?
Darwin Nunez is back to full fitness, and Diogo Jota showed the bit of him that they’ve thoroughly missed all season in their 2-0 win over Wolves.
Luis Diaz is on his way back to fitness but will sit this one out while Firminho, Cody Gakpo, and Harvey Elliot all come in handy.
The visitors have a date in midweek against Real Betis, but their attention would still be drawn to league standing before they thought of Europe.
Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho would be expected to lead the line, while Casemiro and Fred would be expected to shore things up in the middle of the park.
There’s no margin for error at this stage; both sides must shrug off their erratic nature.
On paper, United will be the favourites, but a game of this magnitude would be decided on the performance of the day and not on paper.