Manchester United takes on Liverpool as both sides converge in Manchester this weekend for arguably the star match of the week. Both sides were victors last week as the likes of Nemanja Matic (United) and Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) flourished for their respective sides at the weekend.
This makes this meeting a massive one as strings of expectation is directed towards this game. Jurgen Kopp’s men drew 0-0 with his counterpart, Jose Mourinho, last time out and it will be nice to see how this game turns out at Old Trafford this weekend.
On this note, we evaluate the three significant features as regards to this match.
This match presents both managers (Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Kopp) with the chance to flex some tactical muscles in the dugout as hostility ensures on the pitch.
United was the happier of the two sides as last time out as they held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield.
Jose set his side up in a defensive format to curtail the Liverpool attack threat thus limiting the flow (rhythm) of the game.
It will be nice to see how both managers’ sets his side up as three points will be at stake when both sides meet at Old Trafford.
Liverpool on their own has been devastating with their high pressing system. Let see how their tactical renovation fares against Mourinho’s compact configuration when the match kicks-off between both sides this weekend.
Arsenal will somehow be in reference in this high profile fixture as Liverpool takes on host Manchester United. In the January transfer market, Manchester United acquired the service of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.
This complements that of Liverpool in the summer (transfer) as Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain moved to Anfield from the Emirate Stadium.
This was due to lack of first team football at Arsenal as the likes of Alex Iwobi and new arrival Alexandre Lacazette limited his playing time at the club. Both players will face each other as they are likely to be named in the starting lineup for the match.
Alexis and Oxlade will come up against each other as they aim to make a mark in this high profile meeting following their moves from the Emirate Stadium some months ago.
Measure of rivalry
United and Liverpool would battle fiercely on the pitch as Manchester foresees a titanic meeting between both sides. This has it sort of origin from the number of Premier League triumph between both clubs as United leads the race ahead of Liverpool.
This rivalry was evident during the time of Sir Alex Ferguson at the club alongside Spanish gaffer Rafael Benitez. The rivalry has long existed among the players as Fernando Torres was at log ahead with center back Nemanja Vidic.
It all continued between Luiz Suarez (now at Barcelona) and Patrice Evra (now at West Ham United) as the former made a racist chant towards Evra some season ago.
At the theatre of Dreams, some form of rivalry is still expected from the clash when both teams square up on the pitch.