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Man Utd need FA Cup win over Liverpool

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Manchester United didn’t feel the blood in the water when they faced Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend. Or, if they did, it arrived too late in the day for it to matter.

More blood has been spilled on Merseyside since then in the wake of Burnley ending Liverpool’s unbeaten home streak on Thursday night, the first team to win at Anfield in the Premier League in three years and 10 months. It was also another league game in which the defending champions failed to score a goal – it’s now four in a row.

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Burnley beat Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday night | Pool / Getty Images

United will face Liverpool again, this time at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. The chance of a win is there, and while it won’t count towards the Premier League title race, it is important that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side want it because the FA Cup is always the best chance to win. silverware this season.

United sit first in the Premier League, sent back to the top thanks to the exquisite long-term winner Paul Pogba against Fulham in the middle of the week, but there is still plenty of football to play.

They are in the mix earlier than expected, before the current redevelopment project is really nearing completion, in large part because Liverpool’s setback from last season has made it a widely open race that anyone shows. ‘some degree of consistency is likely to be gained.

United have 19 league games to play. Manchester City is right there – with a game in hand, Leicester is right there. Liverpool could still turn things around, as Tottenham have shown at times this season that they are capable of a push that would put them back in the running.

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Man Utd lead the Premier League but there is still a lot of competition | Pool / Getty Images

Solskjaer’s side have every chance of ending an eight-year title drought if they keep doing what they’re doing and absolutely don’t have to pull the ball away. But it will only take five unique matches to win the FA Cup, which makes it much more within reach.

Moreover, if United can get the upper hand over Liverpool on Sunday, it is one less danger in the competition. They have shown over the past two years that they can beat anyone on any day and that no team, be it City, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea or anyone else, has to fear. .

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Man Utd haven’t won a trophy since 2017 | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

The Premier League is the ultimate prize, but the competition is so fierce and there is still half a season to go. There’s a lot to be said for playing the percentages and they’re more likely to face a fourth consecutive campaign without a single trophy if they turn too much this weekend and escape the FA Cup.

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