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Man Utd v Liverpool: Prediction & likely lineups & team news

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 19/10/2019

Liverpool make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday, knowing a victory over Manchester United will see them match the Premier League record for consecutive wins.

James Milner's last-gasp penalty saw the Reds beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield to ensured Jurgen Klopp's side get 17 consecutive victories which see the Champions League holders hold an eight-point lead over Manchester City who lost at Etihad Stadium to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The ​Red Devils, meanwhile, reached arguably their lowest ebb in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at ​Newcastle United, having already posted their worst start to a league campaign since 1989 after a dire 1-1 draw against ​Arsenal in week seven.

Team News 

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has a groin problem and is not expected to play, while midfielder Paul Pogba is out with an ankle injury.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw face fitness tests, with Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood also doubts.

Liverpool will monitor goalkeeper Alisson, who could return after two months out with a calf problem, while centre-back Joel Matip has missed the last two games but may be fit to play.

The Reds are also hopeful Mohamed Salah will feature despite the ankle injury he suffered against Leicester.

Head to Head record 

Despite the contrasting fortunes of these two sides over the past couple of seasons, Liverpool have still had trouble in this fixture with only one win in their last 10 league meetings a 3-1 triumph at Anfield last season.

The Reds are winless in their last six visits to Old Trafford across all competitions, including five on the bounce in the league - their longest wait for a top-flight victory away to United since a 10-game streak between 1991 and 2000.

Overall this will be the 231st meeting between the two sides, with Manchester United leading the all-time head-to-head by 88 wins to Liverpool's 76.

Recent Form

Manchester United have been triumphant in only seven of the 23 matches they have played since holding Liverpool in the early months of 2019. Even more concerning are their recent displays, the club's only win in their last five fixtures coming via a penalty-shootout at home to third-tier Rochdale.

There has only been one game in which the Red Devils have scored more than a single goal this term, the 4-0 trouncing of ​Chelsea in their season curtain-raiser. The players look lost on the field, struggling to control contests as darkness continues to reign over Old Trafford.

Things couldn't be more different at Anfield. Klopp has overseen a stunning run of results that began in the closing stages of 2018/19, his team's devastating form this year seeing them streak away from City.

Sadio Mane and Joel Matip have reached new levels this campaign, despite performing well throughout the previous season. They have both been integral to Liverpool's success, yet that could be said of numerous players in this marvellous, determined Reds squad.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer via BBC: "I've never felt it [the United job] is too big for me. I'm confident in what we're trying to do and I'm confident in my staff.

"We do have a plan and we know that we've made some decisions that maybe in the short-term would harm us, but we know in the long-term will benefit us.

"But results are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker if we get results and performances."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "How much do I enjoy these type of occasions? A lot! It's the salt in the soup!

"They [Manchester United] said it - we are the perfect opponent. I don't think there are too many teams who want to play against us at the moment - it looks like Man United are the only one!"

Red Devils possible starting lineup: Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Matic; Lingard, Mata, James; Rashford

The Reds possible starting lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
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