Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came from 2-0 down at half-time to register a fine 3-2 win over Atalanta at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging the winner. Manchester United v Liverpool: Team news #Premier League
Meanwhile, Liverpool were pegged back from 2-0 up to 2-2 against Atletico Madrid but, after two-goal Antoine Griezmann was sent off, Mohamed Salah regained the lead from the penalty spot.
The equivalent fixture was postponed on 2 May due to the unrest from disgruntled Manchester United fans who broke into the stadium in protest at the Glazer family’s ownership. When it was finally staged 11 days later Liverpool won 4-2 and another loss for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side on Sunday would leave them seven points behind their rivals and surely out of the title race before the clocks go back for winter. Jamie Jackson
Sunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier League
Venue Old Trafford
Last season Manchester United 2 Liverpool 4
Referee Anthony Taylor
This season G7 Y20 R1 3 cards/game
Odds H 11-5 A 6-4 D 11-4
Manchester United and Liverpool head into Sunday's big Premier League clash on the back of 3-2 midweek victories in the Champions League. #MANLIVpic.twitter.com/VmEzO9fnmS
Manchester United could have headed into this weekend’s fixture on the back of two defeats, but they turned around a two-goal deficit against the Italian side Atalanta to secure a 3-2 victory in the second half.
Their form in the League hasn’t been good in recent matches, though. They lost last weekend at Leicester City 4-2 and drew Everton at home 1-1 before the international break.
United hasn’t had the best of starts to their campaign given the opposition they’ve faced, but the weekend’s fixture is a chance to make a massive statement.
Both Marcus Rashford, who scored our first goal, and Fred appeared to sustain knocks during the bruising tie with Atalanta. Both were forced to leave the field and we anxiously await an update from the boss in his press conference this afternoon. Manchester United v Liverpool: Team news #Premier League
England international Rashford, who was making his first start after a shoulder operation, suffered a dead leg but will hope to be involved in a bid to add to his two goals in two games since his return this term. Fred was reinstated in the line-up alongside Scott McTominay, while Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both came off the bench.
Raphael Varane continues to be sidelined after hurting his groin while with France but his international colleague Anthony Martial has been back in training this week and looks to be pushing for inclusion in the matchday squad against the club he first faced as a United player, famously scoring a wonderful solo goal at Old Trafford in 2015.
Amad is edging closer to fitness but the boss has revealed he expects the Ivory Coast to get an Under-23s outing before being considered for the first-team again.
Subs from Grant, Heaton, Henderson, Shoretire, Matic, Mata, Hannibal, Bailly, Van de Beek, Dalot, Mengi, Pereira, Jones, Lingard, Martial, Telles, Fred, Elenga, Cavani, Rashford, Fred, Martial
Doubtful Fernandes, Martial, Fred (all match fitness), Rashford (dead leg)
Injured Varane (groin, Nov)
Discipline Y15 R0
Leading scorers Fernandes, Greenwood 4
LIVERPOOL (Manchester United v Liverpool)
Jürgen Klopp is likely to have Curtis Jones as an additional option for Sunday’s clash with a Manchester United side carrying several fitness issues. After missing Liverpool’s past two games, Jones resumed full training with his teammates at the AXA Training Centre on Friday afternoon and could therefore come back into contention for the Old Trafford showdown. Manchester United v Liverpool: Team news #Premier League
Klopp was able to report no fresh injury concerns for the Reds ahead of the 4.30pm BST kick-off with their fierce rivals, though Thiago Alcantara remains sidelined.
The Spain midfielder is continuing to recover from a calf injury and a return either side of the forthcoming November international break is his expected timeframe.
“The squad is alright. We have to see, that’s how it is,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com on Friday. “We are only two days after the game and we have to make sure that we all get fit again, but they are the typical things. I couldn’t tell you now who is 100 per cent available and who is not.
“Just what’s clear is that Curtis will train today with us the full session, that’s the plan. And Thiago not. So, these are the two things I know for the moment.”
United, meanwhile, have several injury concerns to assess in the aftermath of a 3-2 comeback victory over Atalanta BC in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Marcus Rashford each sustained issues during that game, and Anthony Martial’s fitness must also be checked ahead of Liverpool’s visit after he returned to training.
Summer arrival Raphael Varane has been out since the international fixtures earlier this month.
“I’m not going to rule anyone out from Sunday but I’m not sure if everyone’s going to be fit,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday. “Anthony is still working on his fitness, hopefully he’s come through today and let’s see how he is tomorrow.
“We have two or three with knocks but I hope I can pick from a fit squad. Bruno might be a doubt but he’s doing everything he can to be fit. I can’t say if Fred will be fit or not. We might have the whole squad fit but may miss two or three. We’ll see.”
Manchester United have won just one of the past 10 Premier League meetings, though six of those games have been drawn.
Liverpool won 4-2 at Old Trafford in May and are vying to claim back-to-back league victories away to United for the first time since 2002.
The Merseysiders are unbeaten in their last 25 top-flight fixtures against teams with ‘United’ in their name – one short of the record in English league football, set by Brentford between October 1998 and November 2000.
Liverpool have scored three or more goals in eight consecutive away games in all competitions, netting 28 goals in total.
That sequence includes five top-flight matches – the only side to have scored at least three goals in six consecutive Premier League away fixtures are Manchester United, who did so last season.
The Merseysiders are unbeaten in 18 league games, the longest current streak of any team in England’s top four divisions (W13, D5).
Mohamed Salah, who has scored in each of his side’s last six league matches, registered three goals in two appearances at Old Trafford last season – no Liverpool player has ever scored in three consecutive away games against Manchester United.
Each of Roberto Firmino’s last 10 Premier League goals have come away from home. Only three players have had longer such runs: Ryan Giggs and Harry Kane (13 goals each) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (11).
Adam Marshall, “Early Team News for Man United v Liverpool” (Manutd.comOctober 22, 2021) <https://www.manutd.com/en/news/detail/early-team-news-for-man-united-v-liverpool-on-24-october-2021> accessed October 23, 2021.
“Manchester United v Liverpool: Team News” (Liverpool FCOctober 23, 2021) <https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/446909-manchester-united-v-liverpool-team-news> accessed October 23, 2021.
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