Premier League: Man United v Liverpool Preview

5 months ago

Man United v Liverpool

Saturday, Mar 10 – 12:30

Man United clawed their way back from 2-0 down to claim an emphatic 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday night, with Nemanja Matic scoring a 91st minute screamer to help the Red Devils move to second place in the Premier League table. United now have a nine point cushion between themselves and fifth place, but Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the target is to remain second, which puts huge pressure on his players heading into tomorrow’s match. Eric Bailly could feature against Liverpool, with reports that the centre-back returned to first team training last week. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also rumoured to be available, having recovered from a recent knee injury.

Liverpool beat Newcastle 2-0 in their last league game, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Both players are expected to feature again tomorrow, but the Reds could struggle to match their usual high-energy approach, with Jurgen Klopp opting to field a strong team for Liverpool’s midweek Champions League clash against Porto. Klopp’s side currently sit third in the Premier League table, two points adrift of second placed Man United.

Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • Tomorrow’s match will mark the 170th meeting between these two clubs in a league competition – United have won 67 games, and Liverpool have won 55 (D47).
  • Liverpool have lost more league matches to Man United than they have against any other club (67).
  • Two of the last three matches between these two sides have ended with a 0-0 scoreline – prior to this run only one match in 49 ended goalless.
  • Liverpool and Man United have now drawn each of their last three games – they have never drawn four successive league matches.
  • The Red Devils have won 10 of their last 13 home matches against Liverpool in the Premier League (L2 D1).
  • Liverpool have won five matches at Old Trafford in the Premier League – only Man City (6) and Chelsea (6) have won more.
  • Liverpool have scored 34 away goals in the Premier League this season – more than any other side in Europe’s Top 5 leagues (level with Lyon).
  • Man United have managed to win three of their last seven matches against ‘Big Six’ clubs in the Premier League this season (D1 L3).
  • Liverpool have taken just one point from their last three away games against fellow ‘Big Six’ sides (D1 L2).
  • Romelu Lukaku has now scored 99 goals in the Premier League – a goal tomorrow would see him become the 5th youngest player to hit 100 in the competition.
  • Mohamed Salah has found the back of the net in each of his last five matches in the Premier League – only Daniel Sturridge (8) and Michael Owen (6) have scored more consecutive goals for Liverpool.

Man United were forced to do it the hard way in their match against Crystal Palace. The Red Devils were excellent in the second-half of the game, but completely underperformed in for the first 45 minutes – if they take the same lacklustre approach tomorrow, they could find themselves two or three goals down before the half-time whistle. Liverpool’s defensive displays have improved in recent weeks, but they have struggled to keep clean sheets against ‘Big Six’ sides this season. United will try to stifle Liverpool’s attacking moves with a classic ‘Jose Mourinho’ performance, but it’s hard to see them keeping Mohamed Salah quiet for 90 minutes.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta