In just few hours away, Manchester United and Liverpool will be tussling for second place in the League table as they face off at Old Trafford. Man United currently stays two point above the Merseysiders and the result will prove vital come the end of the season. With Man United needing to beat Sevilla in the midweek in order to proceed, Mourinho has reckoned the Premier League match is as important as the Champions League tie with Sevilla.
Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford for this 169th league classic. United have the most victories with 67 compared with Liverpool’s 55 wins. The last three derbies have not changed that statistic, though – as all three were drawn.
United enter this game with what Mourinho described as “a little pillow” over their nearest chasers; Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea – thanks to last Monday’s thrilling win against Crystal Palace (3-2). No time to relax though as the Scousers are chasing them at high speed – just two points behind.
United’s defence will surely be tested today. Liverpool scored their 101st and 102nd goals this season against Newcastle last round. After passing 100 goals in competitive matches, coach Jurgen Klopp exclaimed: “A nice number… but we cannot stop!”
Players to watch: Romelu Lukaku endured a dry spell after starting his United career with ten goals in his first nine official games for the club. He is once again displaying good form, netting eight in his last 11 appearances.
Liverpool’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has been nothing short of a revelation this season, with 24 goals and eight assists in 28 PL matches! He’s now scored seven in the last seven PL games!
Stat attack: Mourinho’s men have the second tightest defence in the PL so far this season with only 22 goals conceded (0.8 per match). David De Gea’s 15 clean sheets are the most in the league.
United v Liverpool used to entail a red card frenzy, as 20 matches between 2007 and 2015 provided ten red cards. With zero reds from the last seven matches mean that times have changed?
Head-to-head, United have won seven of the last ten matches at Old Trafford (W7, D2, L1; all competitions).