United welcomes Liverpool this weekend as battle ensures at Old Trafford. With Manchester City running away with the League little after defeating Chelsea 1-0 at the Etihad, United and Liverpool would be focusing on who finishes above each other in 2nd place.
However, with the quality of personnel involved in this clash a master class will be expected as the viewers are patiently waiting for the kick-off this weekend.
Both (top) managers Mourinho and Kopp are aware of the importance of this match and will be keen to make an impact from a tactical point of view. Nevertheless, irrespective of the managers inputs there are some key contests (battle) that can shape the outcome of the match.
On this note, we take a look at key (40 battles ahead of this United/Liverpool fixture.
Antonio Valencia Vs Sadio Mane
The Ecuador International will be up against Liverpool forward Sadio Mane as Liverpool visit Manchester. The Pacey runs and tricky of the African 25 years old star will be in vogue as the experienced player (winger) cum defender attempted to curtail the effect of the Senegalese forward, Valencia had been productive this season as he was a handful for players like Marcos Alonso and Christian Benteke during a match. However, with Mane returning back to his usual best couple with his recent hat-trick against Porto FC in the Champions League, Valencia must be at his best to pull off a great opposition which is capable of when both sides compete against each other in the wide areas.
Nemanja Matic Vs Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain
The Serbian showed his class and quality with the winner against Crystal Palace in the closing stages of the match on Monday Night as Chamberlain did well to set up Liverpool’s second goal from the run of play.
However, Matic would be motivated by the exploit of youngster Scott Mc Tominay alongside him as he engages in midfield battle against Liverpool. Alex’s form was evident against Newcastle as he made things difficult for the visitors.
When both players clash it will be a test of character, strength, and speed as Oxlade’s pace will be up against Matic technical awareness in the middle of the park.
Romelu Lukaku Vs Virgil Van Dijk
When two elephants fight it is the ground (grass) that feels the heat as this too physical personnel comes up against each other.
United’s Lukaku utilized his quality and strength against Danish center-back Andreas Christensen as he set himself up for the equalizer against Chelsea. With the challenge of Van Dijk, the new Liverpool recruit Lukaku would have much to deal with both technically and physically.
Van Diyk got aerial strength via his height and he is good in the ball as well. This will aid the defender in outsmarting the big forward as both players (compatriots) squares up against each other this weekend.
Paul Pogba Vs Emre Can
The French star and former Juventus playmaker would likely be up against Juventus linked Emre Can at the weekend. This promises to be of key interest as the former has been in superb form for United following his return from injury.
Emre Can have been productive as well for the Reds as he scored his sides first goal in Liverpool’s 4-1 home win over West Ham United.
Both players would be bringing the form into the contest when competes against each other.
Pogba’s flair will be tested by (Emre) Can’s work ethics and discipline as the Liverpool midfield player (Can) aims to obstruct Pogba from causing danger in transition during the course of the game.