Manchester United risk the top three falling away from them by just a third of the new English Premier League season, unless they can beat Liverpool at home on matchday nine.
The Red Devils are in seventh place (14 points), but are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea. A loss to Liverpool, third (18 points), would also widen the gap between them and their Premier League rivals to seven points.
The match will also be a face-to-face between two of the most fit superstars of the moment: Cristiano Ronaldo (six goals in eight games) and Mohamed Salah (12 goals in 11 games) have been the offensive forces of their respective teams, and the talk of the football world for the past two months.
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Manchester United vs. Liverpool live
(All the eastern time)
11:21 am: A taste of the atmosphere inside Old Trafford, from Liverpool’s perspective:
11:11 am: Jurgen Klopp seeks to set his own records:
📊 Jurgen Klopp looking to become Liverpool’s first manager to be undefeated in 7 league games against Man Utd
Liverpool start with Diogo Jota, Firmino and Salah, who scored in a 4-2 PL win at Old Trafford on May 13. pic.twitter.com/g4PzqiaJOV
– Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) October 24, 2021
10:11 am: The most important stat of all.
📊 STATISTICS: Liverpool are undefeated in their last 25 Premier League matches against teams with ‘United’ in their name. Avoiding defeat today would make it the longest joint career in Football League history. #awlive [lfc] pic.twitter.com/haXvv5zXp8
– Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) October 24, 2021
Manchester United vs. Liverpool: starting lineups
So far the alarms that Solskjaer launched before the game. It turns out that Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Marcus Rashford are all good enough from their Champions League shots on weekdays to start over. It’s the same line-up that faced Atalanta, and Paul Pogba is on the bench. Central defender Raphael Varane is still out with a groin problem.
Manchester United starting formation (4-2-3-1, from right to left): 1-David de Gea-GK – 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 2-Victor Lindelof, 5-Harry Maguire (c), 23-Luke Shaw – 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay – 11-Mason Greenwood, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford – 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United Subsidies: 26-Dean Henderson-GK, 3-Eric Bailly, 20-Diogo Dalot, 34-Donny van de Beek, 31-Nemanja Matic, 6-Paul Pogba, 14-Jesse Lingard, 25-Jadon Sancho, 21-Edinson Cavani
Liverpool will be without central midfielder Fabinho for the match, and Curtis Jones starts on the bench. Then it will be James Milner and Naby Keita instead. Diogo Jota is in the lineup while Sadio Mane rests; so does Joel Matip when Ibrahima Konate takes his place. Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Thiago Alcantara (calf) are still out.
Liverpool starting line-up (4-3-3 from left to right): 1-Alisson – 26-Andrew Robertson, 4-Virgil Van Dijk, 5-Ibrahima Konate, 66-Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8-Naby Keita, 14-Jordan Henderson, 7-James Milner – 9-Roberto Firmino, 20 Diogo Jota , 11 Mohamed Salah
Liverpool substitutes (9): 13-Adrian-GK, 21-Konstantinos Tsimikas, 32-Joel Matip, 12-Joe Gomez, 15-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17-Curtis Jones, 18-Takumi Minamino, 10-Sadio Mane, 27-Divock Origi
How to watch Manchester United against Liverpool
- Date: Sunday October 24
- Weather: 11:30 am ET
- Television channel: NBCSN
- Spanish television: Telemundo
- Transmission: fuboTV
The game will be broadcast live in English and Spanish in the United States. NBCSN (English) and Telemundo (Spanish) will broadcast the game and both channels are available to broadcast on fuboTV.
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Manchester United vs. Liverpool: betting tips and predictions
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Choose: Liverpool over 5.5 shots on target -115
Choosing a side is difficult in this place. Liverpool are clearly the best team at the moment, but Man United has been known to put in great performances when the Red Devils have their backs to the wall. So playing a prop team is the chosen alternative here.
Going into Matchday 9, Liverpool have scored the most goals and generated the most shots on goal of any Premier League team. It’s no wonder why: in addition to Salah, his attacking players have been in good shape. They will face a Man United team that has allowed the 10th most shots on target in the league (34) with the third highest percentage of shots on target allowed (34.7%), for FBref.
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In the 12 games played in all competitions, Liverpool have only failed to score six or more shots on goal on five occasions: two of them were against Norwich City, and the other three occurred in the most even matches of the season: in Brentford. (4), against Manchester City (3) and Atlético de Madrid (5).
Given how porous Man United have proven to be, just one shutout in 12 games, and especially without their best defensive signing Raphael Varane, Liverpool’s 5.5+ shots on target at -115 make for an interesting play.
Prediction: Manchester United 1, Liverpool 2
- Money line: Manchester United +200 / Draw +265 / Liverpool +130
- Spread: Manchester United +0.5 (-145) / Liverpool -0.5 (+130)
- O / U 2.5 total goals : More than -200 / Less than +160
- Both teams will score: Yes -245 / No +185
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.