By 90Min
February 22, 2019

Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday in the next instalment of this bitter Premier League rivalry.

The Red Devils are on fire under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having risen from sixth to fourth, also progressing to the FA Cup quarter final with a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Monday. Since Jose Mourinho's departure, United are the top team for points, wins and fewest goals conceded.

Meanwhile, the visitors will kick off in second place - level on points with leaders Manchester City - but the Reds can steal a march on their title rivals as City are not in league action this weekend due to the Carabao Cup final.

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Jurgen Klopp's men came out on top in the reverse fixture in December thanks to a Xherdan Shaqiri brace - a match which brought Mourinho's United tenure to an end.

Check out 90min's preview of Sunday's clash below.


Where to Watch


When Is Kick Off? Sunday 24 February
What Time Is Kick Off? 14:05 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Old Trafford
TV Channel/Live Stream? Sky Sports Premier League
Referee? Michael Oliver

Team News


Solskjaer recently revealed both Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could play parts in Sunday's clash after picking up knocks in the Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Defender Antonio Valencia has been out of action since January 2 and won't feature, while Marcos Rojo could also return to the bench.

Liverpool centre back Dejan Lovren missed the 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in midweek and Klopp has ruled him out of Sunday's match.

Defender Joe Gomez remains on the sidelines but Virgil van Dijk is available again having served his one-match European suspension on Tuesday.


Predicted Lineups


Manchester United De Gea; Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Mata; Lukaku, Rashford.
Liverpool Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Mane, Firmino, Salah.

Head to Head Record


The Reds' 3-1 win at Anfield in December was their first victory over United since March 2016, with four draws from the previous six meetings.

United haven't lost a home match to Liverpool in almost five years - not since a 3-0 defeat in 2014 with goals from Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

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When the sides met at Old Trafford last season, a Marcus Rashford brace earned the three points for United in what was their 200th meeting in all competitions. The result means Liverpool have suffered more defeats to the Red Devils (68) than to any other opponent.


Recent Form


Manchester United have won 11 of Solskjaer's 13 matches in charge, impressively beating top four rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham along the way and conceding just six goals.

Paul Pogba and Rashford are in formidable individual form with 14 goals between them in nine league matches. However, the 2-0 defeat to PSG showed that they are not invincible and they will need to be at their very best to earn the three points on Sunday.

Klopp and Liverpool's bubble has been deflated in recent weeks, picking up just three wins from their eight matches in 2019 so far and throwing away a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Sadio Mane is the Reds' form player with a goal in each of his last four league games, and a Mohamed Salah goal on Sunday would be his 50th for Liverpool - making him the fastest player to reach this landmark for a single Premier League club since Alan Shearer in 1994.

Here's how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

Manchester United Liverpool
Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United (18/2) Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich (19/2)
Manchester United 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain (12/2) Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth (9/2)
Fulham 0-3 Manchester United (9/2) West Ham 1-1 Liverpool (4/2)
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United (3/2) Liverpool 1-1 Leicester City (30/1)
Manchester United 2-2 Burnley (29/1) Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace (19/1)

Prediction

In this ferocious fixture, the form book can often be thrown out the window but United have gone from strength to strength under Solskjaer, which gives them the edge going into Sunday's clash.

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A win for Liverpool at Old Trafford would be their biggest statement of intent yet as they chase their first title in 29 years, but if United are on song it may be too big a task for the Reds.


Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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