Manchester United vs Liverpool: Head-to-Head Preview | Rivalry History | Prediction

Manchester United vs Liverpool remains a marquee fixture in the footballing calendar which is highly anticipated by both club's huge global fan bases across the globe. 

In this article, we glance through preview for the big clash which includes their rivalry history, head to head results, trivia, trophy comparison, predicted lineups, and prediction.

Manchester United will need to be at their very best in this game, or else, they will be completely torn apart against a rampant Liverpool. 

4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation for Man United?

In their previous game, Man United came from two goals down to secure a 3-2 victory over Atalanta.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's will have sort his midfield, which looked ragged in the first half against the Italian outfit on Wednesday night. Should Ole play Pogba in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes and a holding midfielder like Nemanja Matic/Fred/Scott McTominay? 

Or should the Man United manager go with the same team that played against Atalanta, with two holding midfielders? These are some pertinent questions that Ole Solskjaer will need to find an answer to.

While Liverpool fought till the end to claim a 3-2 victory against Spanish Champions. The teams look indomitable; however, the question still lies on their wobbly defense. 

Jurgen Klopp's side would have conceded four goals if it wasn’t for Alison Becker's manoeuvres between the sticks.

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Last 5 Head-to-Head Meetings    

Date Results  Event 
13 May 2021Manchester United 2-4 LiverpoolPremier League 
24 Jan 2021Manchester United 3-2 LiverpoolFA Cup 
17 Jan 2021Liverpool 0-0 Manchester UnitedPremier League 
19 Jan 2020Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United Premier League 
20 Oct 2019  Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool Premier League 

Manchester United vs Liverpool Head-to-Head History: How the rivalry unfolded 

Both the northwest Londoners represent one of the biggest rivalries in world football. The rivalry was heightened when the two major cities of England were fuelled by the proximity against each other as they represented the same historic economic and industrial popularity at home and abroad. 

The rivalry was severe between the clubs, as it first occurred when the industrial revolution began. At that time United were a massive city and one of the attractive cities with its world capital of the cotton trade. 

Liverpool was a few miles away and was a smaller city with its seaport. However, the cities were linked by canals making them the world’s first inter-city railway, this made Liverpool a little larger than Manchester. 

This led to United making their own Ship Canal, sponsored by Manchester merchants. Their ships used to bypass Liverpool’s docks and fees, which led to protests from Liverpool, as it created more tension between the cities as working-class Liverpool dockers and labourers in Manchester intensified after its completion.

In 1894 they played their first-ever game in history. Earlier Man United was named Newton Heath and in the game against Liverpool, they lost 2-0 which saw them relegated to the second division. Eight years later Newton altered their name to Manchester United.

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Trophies Won 

Trophies won Manchester UnitedLiverpool  
Premier League 2019
Champions League 36
FA Cup 127
English League Cup58
Club World Cup 11
Europa League 10
Intercontinental cup13
Cup winner 10
UEFA Super Cup 14
English super cup 2115

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Sportco Trivia 

  • Liverpool is undefeated in their last six Premier League games against United since their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in March 2018.
  • For the first time, United is without a clean sheet in their last nine home league matches, the last time they did so was in 1970 and February 1971.
  • Marcus Rashford is the top scorer against Liverpool (4) from the current Man United squad.
  • Bruno Fernandes has been involved in 31 chances created with 26 shots, more than any other player in the Premier League (41% - 57/138).

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Flashback 

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Predicted XI

Manchester United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo

Liverpool Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, James Milner, Jordan Henderson; Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Prediction 

It will be an exhilarating fixture and where we see one team is struggling to win games while the other is on an impressive winning streak. 

Liverpool looks confident going into this fixture but will need to work on a better defensive performance, as Man United has some great forwards who can cause trouble. 

While the Red Devils will have a mountain to climb as they are facing one of the best teams in Europe and the players will need to step up on the plate. 

However, at this moment Liverpool looks great from every aspect and will emerge victoriously. 

Prediction Manchester United 1-3 Liverpool

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