Manchester United and Liverpool meet for the second time in a week as they face off at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday night.
The two fought a tight 0-0 draw in the Premier League last week but have since had different fortunes, with the Red Devils coming in from behind to beat Fulham, while Liverpool suffered a league loss at Anfield for the first time since April 2017 at the hands of Burnley.
A large series of important meetings awaits both sides, including this Sunday meeting. Here is 90 minutes glimpse of shock.
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When does it take place? Sunday January 24
What time is the kick-off? 5:00 p.m. (GMT)
Where is it played? Old trafford
TV channel / live broadcast? BBC One (UK)
Arbitrator? Craig pawson
Manchester United have the choice between a full squad and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have some decisions to make. He said ahead of the game with Fulham that no one was tired, although he let Marcus Rashford down and that likely means he will start this time around. Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Alex Telles all also pushed for a place from the start.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp decided to start without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino against Burnley, while Jordan Henderson missed the game with what has been described as a “minor” issue. Joel Matip returned and played for 90 minutes at center-back, but Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are still missing for a long time.
Manchester United: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Milner, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Minamino
Solskjaer’s men have tied a record-breaking streak of 17 league games away from home unbeaten and have lost only once in their last 12 games in all competitions.
They look strong defensively, keeping three clean sheets in the last four games, while looking dangerous for the future. Paul Pogba’s recent form underscored their improvement, with the Frenchman scoring two goals in his last three games.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are in a world of trouble right now. They haven’t won five of their last six games in all competitions, with the only victory being against a very young side from Aston Villa in the previous round of this competition.
Klopp’s men have failed to score in each of their last four Premier League games and have struggled to create many clear chances during that time.
In large games like this, the shape normally comes out of the window. But since the two teams have met so recently, we already know what this game will likely be like.
With the game at Old Trafford, Manchester United will feel the need to attack more than last week and neither side will want overtime after 90 minutes. It will be a bit more open-ended, with United knowing that if they can score first, Liverpool will struggle to break them again.
Klopp’s men will be very keen to make amends for their recent results by beating one of their biggest rivals and interrupting their momentum. With such a short space between the fixtures, it’s hard to see how they do it.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool