Manchester United and Liverpool are two teams heading in two different directions as they prepare to meet during Sunday’s fourth-round FA Cup matchup at Old Trafford.
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford during their worst goal drought for almost 20 years and fresh off a 1-0 shock Loss to Burnley, whereas United are flying high and now have a six-point lead over the champions at the top of the Premier League table.
Match Build Up
In all competitions United have now lost just one of their last 12 outings since being knocked out of the Champions League, most recently coming from behind away from home yet again to overcome Fulham on Wednesday night.
Since hitting Crystal Palace for seven before Christmas, Liverpool have scored just once in their last five league games and have failed to find the back of the net in any of their last four – their longest drought since May 2000.
United’s overall record against Liverpool is fairly close but United certainly edge it in terms of wins. In 233 games between the clubs since 1894, United have come out on top 88 times, whereas Liverpool have won 77. Some 68 matches, like last weekend, have ended with honors even.
Liverpool are actually United’s most common opponent in the competition, with 17 previous FA Cup meetings. We have the edge over the Merseysiders in the world’s oldest club tournament, with nine wins. Four matches have ended drawn.
United Team News
United have had an extra day of rest ahead of this game but are still expected to make changes, one of which will see Marcus Rashford return to the starting XI after he sat out against Fulham.
The likes of Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof will also be pushing for recalls, while Solskjaer could hand chances to Dean Henderson and Alex Telles.
Its Liverpool so that means that Solskjaer is unlikely to weaken his starting XI too much, though, so the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani could all still start.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Matic; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani