Liverpool will visit Old Trafford again to play Premier League rescheduled match against Manchester United on Thursday after their game was postponed due to fans protest. United are fighting for second place in the table after Manchester City were crowned champions. Meanwhile, Liverpool is still regarded as a long shot for a Champions League berth, but a 2-0 victory over Southampton over the weekend has improved their chances of finishing in the top four. Here’s everything you need to know about Manchester United vs Liverpool prediction and lineup.
Manchester United lineup: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be able to field his usual starting lineup against Liverpool on Thursday, after resting his entire starting XI against Leicester on Tuesday.
Harry Maguire will miss the rest of Manchester United’s league games and is a big doubt for the Europa League final at the end of May, with a chance of missing the Euros.
180 minutes in 48 hours will be surprising given Eric Bailly’s injury history and how careful Solskjaer has been with him. Therefore, Axel Tuanzebe could take the field.
Liverpool lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
It wouldn’t be surprising if Fabinho returned to the back line on Thursday after Rhys Williams had a nightmare against Manchester United earlier this season. Ozan Kabak will miss the match for Liverpool.
If Fabinho is needed at centre-back for the away side, James Milner or Curtis Jones are ready to step in.
Roberto Firmino is expected to return to the starting lineup in midweek at the expense of Diogo Jota after missing the 2-0 victory over Southampton at the weekend.
Manchester United had a busy week as they played twice in the last 48 hours and three times in the last four days. On Tuesday Leicester defeated United by a 2-1 win, which resulted in giving Manchester City the championship title, while also putting Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four in jeopardy.
Man United and Liverpool have a history of playing out drab stalemates in previous seasons, and we don’t foresee anything different this week.
United are expected to return with the strongest squad as they aim to book their grip on second place. Liverpool has a lot more to play for as they try to claw their way back into the Champions League places, so we can expect another draw between the two arch-rivals.
Our Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool