Manchester United and Liverpool collides in one of the biggest fixtures of the English Premier League season on Sunday evening
Liverpool are surely bringing the heat at Old Trafford, regardless of the title dream of Manchester united rapidly deteriorating and the title defence of the visitors having long-since crumbled.
Manchester United to start the weekend ten points adrift of league leaders Manchester City at the top of the EPL table, despite a 13-match unbeaten run.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won at Pep Guardiola’s men in that time as well as whacking sorry Southampton 9-0 on home turf.
Manchester united also been impressive in their Europa league outing, cruising past 6-2 over Italian side Roma thanks to a stirring midweek Old Trafford effort.
Solskjaer can afford to go stronger than he might have done for the derby with a more intense squad, with only Anthony Martial and Phil Jones ruled out by injury.
Dean Henderson is set to start back in goal in place of David de Gea, while Eric Bailly could return to the heart of defence.
Liverpool’s entire focus is on squeezing their way into the Premier League’s top four come, after their title defence bit the dust several months ago.
A disappointing Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid provided further unwanted quality for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have flagged under the toll over injury and expectation for large spells of an awkward campaign.
The Reds have at least put together five unbeaten games on the bounce as they try to keep their place at European continental football.
Well, keeping their place without joining a brand new European Super League to avoid all competition, anyway.
Back-to-back draws against Leeds and Newcastle coming into this one have kept the Merseyside club a point and a place below faltering West Ham in fifth.
Chelsea remain just out of reach, meanwhile, four points ahead in fourth spot.
The usual suspects of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are missing from the Reds’ defence, with Klopp also sweating over the availability of Nathaniel Phillips.
He will also be hoping to have rookie Curtis Jones ready for kick off after his return as far as the bench last week, while skipper Jordan Henderson continues his injury layoff.
Possible Manchester United Starting XI:
Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood.
Possible Liverpool Starting XI:
Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Ozan Kabak, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Kick off; 2nd may. 16:30(WAT)