Man utd v liverpool
>Premier League leaders, Liverpool, face bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, hoping to maintain their fantastic start to the season and extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have been in blistering form in the league, making a 100% start by winning their opening eight games to enjoy an eight-point lead over the current champions, City. That margin could be reduced to five points by the time the game kicks off at Old Trafford on Sunday though, if City can win at Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.

Manchester United have made their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign and currently sit down in twelfth-place, two points above the relegation zone. This position could look even worse on Sunday, depending on how results go in Saturday’s fixtures.

United are in the midst of an injury crisis

Manchester United come into the game in the middle of an injury crisis, with several key player’s ruled out. There is a hope that Anthony Martial will be fit to make a return to the squad, but goalkeeper, David de Gea, has been ruled out after picking up an injury in midweek whilst playing for Spain. He joins other noticeable absentees, such as Paula Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Eric Bailly.

Liverpool might still be without first choice keeper, Alisson, whilst Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, and Xherdan Shaqiri remain long-term injuries.

Where will the goals come from?

United have scored just nine goals in their eight league games, with four of these coming against Chelsea on the opening day of the season. Marcus Rashford and Daniel James have each scored three goals for Manchester United, whilst Anthony Martial scored twice before his injury. Their only other goal in the league came from the boot of Scott McTominay in their last game at Old Trafford, a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

Liverpool’s impressive triple threat of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino have been in brilliant form once again so far this season, scoring 12 goals between them – more than United have achieved in total. Sadio Mane leads the way with five goals, whilst Mo Salah has chipped in with four strikes and three assists. Liverpool are averaging 2.5 goals per game having scored 20 times already and only failed to score two or more goals in a game once, that was away at Sheffield United.

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Current form and head-to-head

The Red Devils have managed just two wins and lost three of their opening eight games. In the form table, United have the eighth best home record in the Premier League, with two wins, one draw and one defeat from their four league games at Old Trafford. The loss came in a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool are top of the away form table, with four wins from four. This has included a 3-0 win at Burnley, 1-0 win at Sheffield United, and two 2-1 successes at both Southampton and Chelsea.

In the ten most recent head-to-head fixtures in the Premier League between the two sides, United have won five times to Liverpool’s two. Of those wins for United, three came at Old Trafford, whilst you must go back to March 2014 to find the last time Liverpool won at Old Trafford, a 3-0 success with goals coming from Steven Gerrard (2) and Luis Suarez.

When the two sides met last season, Liverpool won 3-1 at Anfield in December, ahead of a 0-0 draw in February at Old Trafford.

Verdict

If you go on form, Liverpool should win this, despite a poor record at Old Trafford. The Reds won’t have faced many worse United sides in recent times and there are rumours that a heavy defeat for the hosts could spell the end of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s reign at United.

However, as the saying goes, form goes out the window in derby games and this won’t be easy for Liverpool. They certainly have enough talent in their squad to come away from Old Trafford with maximum points – especially with the injuries United must deal with. We see a tight game, plenty of yellow cards but three points going back to Merseyside.    

 

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