Manchester United face a huge test against league leaders Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s two games against Jurgen Klopp have finished in 0-0 and 1-1 draws at Old Trafford. This is his first trip to Anfield as United boss.
Liverpool are in top form, winning every game this season apart from the match drawn away at United.
They will be desperate to beat us, but we have a lot to play for, still sitting in fifth place and trying to chase down Chelsea in fourth.
Will Rashford play?
Star man and top scorer Marcus Rashford came off the bench against Wolves in midweek and suffered a back injury.
He is now a doubt this weekend although the late Sunday kick-off provides more recovery time.
Solskjaer was pessimistic in his press conference, quoted by the club website: “I’m not going to hold my breath. I would probably think that he wouldn’t be ready, but let’s see. There’s still 48 hours, more than that, so let’s see.”
It won’t be a surprise at all to see Rashford start. But our prediction is that he will begin the game at Anfield on the bench.
Juggling the attack
United’s seven most defensive players pick themselves. De Gea in goal, Williams, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka in defence, and in midfield Fred and Nemanja Matic.
Anthony Martial will start up front, but the three positions behind him are up for grabs with Rashford possibly out.
Juan Mata’s recent form has been impressive and we expect United will call on his composure to try and help United get some control of the game, and even grab a goal through a set piece.
Around him we would expect Solskjaer to favour the hard work of Dan James and Andreas Pereira, who both did well against Liverpool at home.
Mason Greenwood will most likely be on the bench after starting in midweek and like Rashford, could be a useful impact substitute.
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