Manchester United will be looking to dent Liverpool’s Premier League title chances when we host the league leaders at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were in action midweek as they drew 0-0 at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League second round tie. The Reds were able to prevent the German giants from producing a single shot in target, even without Virgil van Dijk.
That match took place 24 hours after our comfortable 2-0 win at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday night. Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba each played superbly in scoring the goals that helped us reach the quarter-finals. Chelsea failed to produce a single effort on target themselves after the 11th minute.
Liverpool have dropped points in the Premier League over the past couple of weeks – drawing 1-1 against Leicester City and then at West Ham United, before a 3-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in their last domestic outing.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins at Manchester United in mid-December after Jose Mourinho was shown the door following our 3-1 humiliation at Anfield. The Norwegian will be looking to continue our excellent form against our rivals.
However, the bookmakers believe the visitors are the favourites on Sunday as BetUK have made Liverpool the 27/20 favourites, whilst we’re currently priced at 2/1.
Our 3-0 thrashing of Fulham in our last Premier League game saw us leapfrog Chelsea into fourth spot as Maurizio Sarri’s side were hammered 6-0 at Manchester City. We are also battling with Chelsea’s rivals Arsenal for that fourth Champions League spot.
When we welcome Liverpool to the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday we will be without influential forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard after they picked up injuries against Paris Saint-Germain more than a week ago.
Ole will also be without full-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian through injury, but neither have featured much under the caretaker boss. Ashley Young and Luke Shaw have been regulars in our defence in recent months.
Jurgen Klopp has defensive injuries of his own as both Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren remain on the sidelines. Joel Matip is likely to partner Virgil van Dijk in the middle of a back four once again. The only other confirmed injury for the Merseyside club is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the midfielder has been sidelined since the end of last season anyway.
It will be a challenge to prevent Liverpool’s front three from scoring, but Bayern Munich were successful midweek and we have a good defensive record under Ole. Phil Jones was rested for the trip to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Paul Pogba has been in excellent form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Bet on the attacking midfielder to score at 21/10 with BetUK.
Liverpool have dropped points recently and we’re in good form. The odds on a draw can be backed at 5/2 with BetUK.
Both teams have a good defensive record of late – under 2.5 goals is 21/20 with BetUK.
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