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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Predictions
These two great rivals look to finally complete the scheduled meeting at Old Trafford following the postponement of the clash just under two weeks ago following a fan protest from the United fans which saw a handful of supporters break into the ground and inevitably forcing the game to be cancelled due to security fears from the club.
Having met twice within the space of a week in January, Manchester United and Liverpool lock horns once again, this time doing battle at Old Trafford in the Premier League, with the hosts looking to consolidate second, and the visitors scrapping desperately to secure European football for next season.
United’s faint title ambitions came to an end on Tuesday night after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost at Old Trafford to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City. The defeat handed their city rivals their fifth Premier League title and also leaves the Red Devils cautiously looking over their shoulders at Chelsea who sit just six points behind them.
The reigning champions have endured a difficult campaign by their stellar standards and are now in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification unless Jurgen Klopp and his side can conform to stereotype and continue winning from now until the end of the season.
The Reds are currently sixth and seven points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification place, but the Londoners have been in scintillating form since Thomas Tuchel took the reins, and don’t look like squandering their standing any time soon.
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Match Stats
Solskjaer has generated a bit of an unwanted reputation as an overly pragmatic coach in games against the so-called ‘Big Six’, with Man Utd taking part in their fair share of damp squibs this season against ‘elite’ opposition. In fact, they’ve drawn seven league games 0-0 this term, five of which came against the ‘Big Six’.
Where Man Utd excel, though, is in the comeback department. Solskjaer’s men have won 28 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, with only Newcastle in 2001/02 (34) and Man Utd themselves in 2012/13 (29) earning more in a single campaign.
Edinson Cavani has proved to be a superb signing for the Red Devils having netted three goals in his last five Premier League appearances. The Uruguayan has excelled in recent weeks in the Premier League but it is his Europa League form that really catches the eye. In the 34-year-old’s four Europa League appearances he has found the back of the net on five occasions.
17 Jan 2021 – Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd – Premier League
19 Jan 2020 – Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd – Premier League
20 Oct 2019 – Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool – Premier League
24 Feb 2019 – Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League
As mentioned Man Utd and Liverpool met twice in January, and the complexion of the contests were chalk and cheese, with the Premier League encounter at Anfield failing to live up to expectations and finishing in a goalless stalemate, while the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford produced a five-goal thriller. A Mohamed Salah brace was not enough to eliminate the hosts, with Man Utd scoring through Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and a Bruno Fernandes winner.