Two behemoths of the English game fighting for different end-of-season goals pit their wits against one another on Tuesday night, as Liverpool play host to Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League.
Ralf Rangnick’s side are bidding to register consecutive Premier League victories after defeating Norwich City 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday, and three points against Liverpool would really strengthen our push for a Champions League place.
But the hosts will also be in buoyant mood, having defeated Manchester City on Saturday to progress to the Emirates FA Cup final.
Victory over relegation favourites Norwich represents just a second win from eight in all competitions during an underwhelming spell for Man United, though, and not since December have they kept a clean sheet on the road in the Premier League – losing two in a row on rival turf to Manchester City and Everton.
Not a single Red Devils fan needs reminding of the 5-0 embarrassment that was dished upon them by Liverpool back in October, so revenge will certainly be on the visitors’ minds this week, but they have failed to register a win at Anfield in any competition since 2016 and have only found the back of the net once on their rivals’ turf in their last six meetings.
Manchester United Team News:
United do have a number of players occupying spots in the medical bay, as Rangnick once again works around a depleted midfield with Fred (hip) and Scott McTominay (foot) both set to miss out once more.
Striker Edinson Cavani and left-back Luke Shaw are definitely sidelined until at least May with their respective issues, and the latter is now highly unlikely to return before the season concludes.
Reports had falsely claimed that Mason Greenwood was due to return to first-team training with the Red Devils – the striker remains suspended by the club – but on a positive note, Raphael Varane is in with a chance of returning for the imminent meeting with top-four rivals Arsenal.
It would not be surprising to see Rangnick introduce Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic for some more defensive solidity, which will surely see Jesse Lingard sacrificed after he made his first league start of the season against Norwich.
Bruno Fernandes was involved in a car accident on Monday, but he did not sustain any serious injuries and will be fine to take part on Tuesday.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Pogba; Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo