Just 48 hours after the defeat to Leicester City, Manchester United welcome their arch-rivals Liverpool, for this re-arranged Premier League encounter.
Premier League 2020/2021 campaign
Kick-off: 20:10 pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Manchester United’s second string side failed the test against Leicester yesterday, a defeat which put in jeopardy Liverpool’s chances of getting Champions League football for next season.
With the raft of changes made from the Villa win at the weekend, Mason Greenwood cancelled out Luke Thomas early effort before Caglar Soyuncu rose highest to head home from a corner in the 66th minute and win the game 2-1 for the full strength Foxes side.
For Liverpool, breaking into the top-four now looks impossible despite beating Southampton 2-0 last time out. However, they can still usurp dithering West Ham in fifth place, and ultimately, an Europa League consolation spot after what has been a far from satisfying season.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara, his first in the top-flight for The Reds won the game last time out and with Liverpool now having taken 14 points from the last 18 on offer, they can set aside finishing the season with a flourish with another one in Manchester.
Solskjaer will like reinstate his usual starting XI for Thursday’s game after opting to rest them against Leicester.
Harry Maguire was confirmed to have damaged ankle ligaments in the Villa game and so will be aiming to be fit for the Europa League final later this month.
Liverpool’s injury list is piling up again now, with as many as seven first-teamers ruled out of this game.
Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain some of their long-term worries.
Manchester United’s last five PL games: W W D W L
Liverpool’s last five PL games: W W D D W
Jurgen Klopp has not failed to win in more away games at any venue than he has managed at Old Trafford (D4, L2)
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Manchester United’s last 9 home league games.
For Manchester United, there is little other than pride to play for here, but Liverpool will aim to at least claim an Europa spot with another victory here, and one against one of their biggest rivals.
That is easier said than done though, with United reverting to full strength for this one, we expect the hosts to justify the decision to rest their stars for the defeat versus Leicester. So let’s snap up the Red Devils to prevail by a 2-1 (10/1) or 3-1 (22/1) scoreline here.
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