Manchester United v Liverpool | Match Preview
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Manchester United v Liverpool | Match Preview

15/03/24 12:56

The FA Cup quarter finals are upon us and Sunday sees the biggest game of the round as Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The hosts made it to this round after scraping their way past Nottingham Forest. A late Casemiro winner helped see off Forest. For Liverpool it was a 3-0 demolition job by the appropriately named “Klopp’s Kids” knocking out Southampton.

Outside of the FA Cup campaign Manchester United’s season has been filled with ups and downs. Manager Erik Ten Hag remains under pressure at the club despite a decent win against Everton in their last game. With this competition being the only real chance to win some silverware it will be seen as very important that the Red Devils get a win in this game.

But a win will be no easy task coming up against Jurgen Klopp’s inform Liverpool side. The reds are certainly one of the favourites to go and win this competition especially considering their form in the league, europa league and the fact that they have already won silverware in the Carabao Cup this season. With Klopp leaving at the end of the season taking maximum possible silverware will be every Liverpool fan and player's dream. Giving him the best send off possible.

In Liverpool’s last game, they came out victorious against Slavia Prague winning 6-1 in the game, 11-2 on aggregate. But it was Mohamed Salah’s night as he became the first Liverpool player in history to score 20+ goals in seven consecutive seasons. He will look to add to this season’s tally in this next game.

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The last time these two sides met was in late December. A 0-0 draw at Anfield leaving Liverpool frustrated and United over the moon. In that game Man United were incredibly defensive, holding on for dear life. They faced 34 shots in the game and still managed to hold on to a clean sheet. Andre Onana remains the only goalkeeper who has faced the Reds to complete the feat. Something he will hope to do again in this game.

It wasn’t too long ago that United hosted Liverpool in the FA Cup either. The last time being in 2020. Manchester United came out the 3-2 victores in that game thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and a beautifully hit freekick from Bruno Fernandes.

In terms of team news Manchester United have a lot of positives this week. Something they have struggled for a lot of the time this season. Mason Mount returned to training and could make his return on Sunday. As could Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan Bissaka and, most importantly for United we would think, Rasmus Hojlund.

Hojlund suffered an injury just as he was beginning to pick up his form a few weeks ago. But after being awarded February’s player of the month award he will be eager to get back onto the pitch and to continue scoring goals like he has been in 2024 thus far.

United are likely to have Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial missing. With Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia the only other absentees.

It’s also positive news for the away side as Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Ibrahima Konate has a “good chance” of returning for Sunday’s game after suffering a hamstring injury. Ryan Gravenberch could also make a return in this game having returned to training just before their last game against Slavia Prague.

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However, the news isn’t all positive as they will remain without Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip, Allison Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota.

This game has all the makings to be a classic depending on how the two teams set up. We would expect Liverpool to really go at Manchester United who have looked weak at times this season. United on the other hand have two options firstly sit back and hope to hit the away side on the counter or match their energy and go for it themselves. We would expect them to sit back though much like they did in their fixture earlier this season.

All signs point towards a Liverpool win but with the Old Trafford crowd behind them we wouldn’t put it past United to sneak this one from seemingly nothing. Similarly to how they did against Nottingham Forest in the last round. We are bound to have an interesting game at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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