One of the Premier League’s greatest rivalries renews Thursday at Old Trafford as weary Manchester United hosts Liverpool in a match originally postponed by fan protests.
There’s still something left for Man United and Liverpool despite the former’s Tuesday loss confirming the Premier League title for Manchester City and hurting the former’s chances at a top-four finish.
United’s going to finish second in the league unless it fails to win any of its last three matches (or draws two or fewer), but staying fit and firing ahead of the Europa League Final is very important.
Liverpool looks likely to get European football one way or the other, but still has hope of the Champions League. Beating United would push them ahead of West Ham and keep pressure on Chelsea and, yes, even Leicester.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester United – Liverpool.
Manchester United won’t have Harry Maguire for some time, while Daniel James, Anthony Martial, and Phil Jones remain out.
Liverpool’s injury list is still quite long, with Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Ben Davies, Divock Origi, and Caoimhin Kelleher, and Joel Matip in the middle of long-term absences. Ozan Kabak is newly out and James Milner is a longshot to play.
So much of this goes against United, whether Maguire’s injury, schedule fatigue, or the desperation of Liverpool. The Reds have been better than they probably should be given their injury struggles and it feels silly to bet against them — even at Old Trafford — as the intensity heats up. Manchester United 1-3 Liverpool.
Kick off: Thursday, 20:15pm WAT