One of the biggest rivalries in word football awaits to be played at the Theatre of Dreams.
The century old rivalry stems from the industrial revolution. Liverpool controlling one of England’s finest ports, whilst Manchester conquered the cotton industry. Despite this, Manchester could not contest with Liverpool’s trade dominance so they built the Manchester Ship Canal. The canal allowed ships to bypass Liverpool’s port and transport goods straight to Manchester. From this, a bitter rivalry was born.
Since their inception, both clubs lead the way with most first division titles won in the history of the League, (Manchester United 20 – 18 Liverpool).
We are already at the halfway point of the Premier League and the title is still in anyone’s hands.
Manchester United are on a nine game winning streak (all competitions), sitting in sixth position just 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
LIVERPOOL | IS THIS THEIR YEAR?
Liverpool sit in 2nd position after a heartless performance in their 2-2 draw to Sunderland last week. Fans praised Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford, although his season is only just beginning to kick off.
On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp could be on his way to becoming the Premier Leagues manager of the season after reinvigorating his squad with his sheer fast press implementation which has stunned even the best defence’s this season.
Liverpool have had an amazing start to the season, winning 13 games and only losing two. The Reds have scored the most goals in the League so far (48), which is testament to Klopp’s high pressure mentality. A lack of consistency has prevented Klopp’s men from leading the table. Sadio Mane will be absent due to his role in the African Cup of Nations. Phillipe Coutinho will make his Premier League return after suffering an ankle injury back in late November 2016.
RED DEVILS ON FIRE
Manchester United didn’t have the start that fans were hoping for.
Having Mourinho come in as manager and the inclusion of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the football world thought United’s season would be a walk in the park. Mourinho’s six game league winning streak sees them only 5 points behind Liverpool. Like Liverpool’s Mane, Eric Bailly also miss this fixture due to his appearance at AFCON.
Last time, these two met, the Premier League fixture ended in a scoreless draw. Judging by both teams incredible run of form, it’s unlikely we will see the same result on Monday.
This will be one of the biggest games of the season and will not disappoint like the 0-0 draw we saw at Anfield last year. This game will go right down to the wire, with Phillipe Coutinho’s return and Premier League player of the month Zlatan Ibrahimovic in fine form as well.
Liverpool haven’t beaten Manchester United in the league at Old Trafford since March 2014 (MUTD 0-3 LIV). With Manchester United’s form in the last few weeks, I tip them to beat the Reds this weekend.
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