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Manchester United host Liverpool on Saturday in a match that could be a potential decider for where both teams end up at the end of the season.
Manchester United are currently on a high following their brilliant two goal comeback over Crystal Palace on Monday. Some fans remained angry even at the end of the match. This is because they felt the match should never have been allowed to get to the point in the first place where they needed a two goal comeback, and their anger is justified.
However, the way the team attacked in the second half and the eventual stoppage time bullet from Nemanja Matic that ensured they got the three points showed a side of the team that seemed to have been lacking since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club – a never say never, and a winning mentality.
Granted, a lot of the performances from the Manchester side this season have been anything but vintage, but they have done enough to remain second on the table, with nine matches to go till the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho added Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal to the team’s attack in January to help with the goal-scoring problem, but the (non)impact of this purchase so far could be justifying the opinion of his detractors, that the problem with United’s attack is not the quality of personnel, but the style of football they are being made to play by the manager. And this opinion could be justified as Manchester United’s goal-scoring record has not reflected the quality of the players.
The league is now way beyond them as ensured by Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, but Jose would be looking to cement second place, and the match against Liverpool offers a great opportunity as the Merseyside team is the closest team breathing down their neck.
Liverpool will arrive at Old Trafford determined to overcome the recent hoodoo that makes them attack so much for 90 minutes but end up having only one point to show for their efforts.
Mohamed Salah is having arguably the best season of his career and looks absolutely unstoppable at the moment. He would be looking to continue that form at Old Trafford.
The Egyptian attacker has notched up twenty-four goals in the Premier League this season and he may well grab another at Old Trafford with the way Liverpool attack relentlessly.
Over the recent seasons, Liverpool have done brilliantly against other top six sides and were responsible for Manchester City’s only league defeat so far, but their performances in these fixtures have dropped this season.
That notwithstanding though, they will be up for this and Manchester United will need a defensive masterclass to stop them.
Liverpool go into this fixture on the back of a seven game unbeaten run and four wins, the last two meetings between both sides ended in goalless draws, but this particular fixture could be different. Klopp will take his usual attacking approach to the game while Mourinho could prefer an even more conservative style than usual, he would prefer to maintain his second spot rather than try to prove a point and risk Klopp leapfrogging him in the process.
Prediction: we may have another draw on the scorecards.