Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Manchester United, currently struggling to find decent form, welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon for what should be an interesting Premier League clash. But although the Red Devils are currently way down in 12th place in the league table, they do have a good record this season against teams in the top five. United have two wins and a draw against teams in the current top five of the table, a stat which gives thin grounds for optimism really.
Liverpool also have a strong history at Old Trafford. Only Manchester City, with seven, and Chelsea, with six, have won more Premier League away matches at Old Trafford than Liverpool, who have won five Premier League games there.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Prediction: United 1-2 Reds
Home advantage may give United some hope in what is likely to be a fiercely contested game as always. Liverpool seem to have much momentum behind their league campaign this season, though, and are likely to prove to be too much for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils. We suspect that Liverpool will win the game 2-1, with United scoring a late consolation goal after Jurgen Klopp’s team dominate proceedings. Liverpool will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the season and equal Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive top-flight victories.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 23/10 on Liverpool to win and both teams to score. We suspect that this is a good bet, as it offers a degree of flexibility when it comes to the final scoreline. It also matches our prediction of a 2-1 win for Liverpool perfectly. The bookies have made Liverpool favourites for this game, so finding good value while backing Klopp’s men is tricky. This bet offers decent value and gives flexibility for the final score so looks good to us.
These two sides have met on 54 previous occasions in the Premier League, with United having won 28 of those games and Liverpool 14. There have been 12 draws. United have won 16 Premier League games against Liverpool at Old Trafford. The men from Merseyside have triumphed five times at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Last season, Liverpool won the Premier League game at Anfield 3-1, thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, and two from Xherdan Shaqiri. Jesse Lingard scored for United. The return fixture at Old Trafford ended in a 0-0 draw.
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Players to watch: Scott McTominay & Sadio Mane
If United are to have any chance of victory on Sunday then their midfield will need to be combative and dominate the game. Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay will be an important part of any such effort. McTominay has weighed in with plenty of tackles this season, having made 16 at a success rate of 44%. He has also made 12 interceptions and blocked five shots. He has also contributed one goal and one assist to his team’s cause.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane scored against United last season at Anfield, and has emerged this season as the Reds’ top goalscorer in the Premier League. The Senegalese international has hit five goals in his eight league appearances so far this season, and has also weighed in with one assist. Four of his goals have been scored with his right foot and one with his left, and he is yet to score with a header.