The two most popular clubs in English football, Manchester United and Liverpool will revive their rivalry when they will meet at Old Trafford on Sunday. While Liverpool already has a long way to go to qualify for the Champions League, the hosts will practically seal a top-four slot next season with a win over their biggest rivals. Know everything about Manchester United vs Liverpool prediction and lineup.
Manchester United lineup: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself in an odd role going into Sunday’s visit to Liverpool after thrashing Roma 6-2 in their Europa League semi-final first-leg on Thursday. He may have rested key players like Bruno Fernandes here, but now that the tie is all over, he may opt to play fringe players next Thursday instead.
Dean Henderson will almost definitely return to the starting lineup to face Liverpool, while Eric Bailly will expect to make his first appearance for United since March.
Liverpool lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane; Jota
Jurgen Klopp hopes to reintroduce Fabinho to central midfield at Old Trafford on Sunday, but that depends on Nat Phillips’ injury recovery period.
Five Liverpool stars are now on the sidelines with Curtis Jones coming off the bench against Newcastle last weekend after recovering from injury.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, and Diogo Jota all started against Newcastle, but one of them could be dropped here.
In particular, Firmino and Mane have been ineffective in front of goals for some time, but Klopp is reluctant to dismiss any player due to his devotion to them.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction
Manchester United still have work to do to claim second place in the Premier League after last weekend’s draw with Leeds, but a top four finish is all assured, and their attention is now on winning the Europa League. After such a convincing win over Roma on Thursday, it is unclear what kind of squad Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would field against Liverpool.
For a long time, Liverpool has failed to maintain any kind of continuity. In the Premier League in 2021, Jurgen Klopp’s side has scored just 17 goals from 267 attempts.
It’s tempting to expect another stalemate for Sunday’s match given Man United’s recent history of 0-0 draws and Liverpool’s continuing goal-scoring woes. Although we expect the spoils to be shared at the end of the match, we are looking for a more exciting match than the one that took place at Anfield in January.
Our Prediction: Manchester United 1 – 1 Liverpool