This fixture has been postponed after fans broke into the stadium and invaded the pitch. Officials confirmed the match would be rearranged “due to safety and security considerations”, but at the time of writing the new date was not yet known.
Latest EPL standings as well as fixtures and results are found below the predictions.
Manchester United and Liverpool collide for one of the biggest fixtures of the English Premier League season on Sunday.
The north west rivals will bring the heat at Old Trafford, regardless of the title dream of the hosts rapidly receding and the title defence of the visitors having long-since crumbled.
United start the weekend ten points adrift of noisy neighbours Manchester City at the top of the EPL table, despite a 13-match unbeaten run.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won at Pep Guardiola’s champions-elect in that time as well as whacking sorry Southampton 9-0 on home turf.
They’ve also taken an eye-catching 6-2 first leg lead over Italian side Roma in the Uefa Europa League semi-finals, thanks to a stirring midweek Old Trafford effort.
Pennine rivals Leeds did peg the Red Devils back last weekend at Elland Road, but United retain a five-point lead over Leicester in third place with five games left to play.
Solskjaer can afford to go stronger than he might have done for the derby thanks to their continental cushion, with only Anthony Martial and Phil Jones ruled out by injury.
He may even toss a coin to see if Dean Henderson rotates back in goal in place of David de Gea, while Eric Bailly could return to the heart of defence.
Liverpool’s entire focus is on squeezing their way into the Premier League’s top four come the final reckoning, after their title defence bit the dust several months ago.
A toothless Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid provided further unwanted quality for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have flagged under the toll over injury and expectation for large spells of an awkward campaign.
The Reds have at least put together five unbeaten games on the bounce as they try to keep their place at European football’s top table.
Well, keeping their place without joining a brand new European Super League to avoid all competition, anyway.
Back-to-back draws against Leeds and Newcastle coming into this one have kept the Merseyside club a point and a place below faltering West Ham in fifth.
Chelsea remain just out of reach, meanwhile, four points ahead in fourth spot.
The usual suspects of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are missing from the Reds’ defence, with Klopp also sweating over the availability of Nathaniel Phillips.
He will also be hoping to have rookie Curtis Jones ready for kick off after his return as far as the bench last week, while skipper Jordan Henderson continues his injury layoff.
Manchester United vs Liverpool: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Manchester United has picked up 13 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Manchester United has scored 9 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Manchester United is in great form, and the home fans will be loving it. They have won the last 4 games that they have played at home.
- Superb stuff from Manchester United at home, where they are currently unbeaten in 6 games. Can they go another game without defeat?
- Liverpool’s defence will have to be at their best today if they’re to stop Manchester United from scoring. The home side has scored in the last 10 games in front of their own fans. They have failed to score in 3 home matches this season.
- Momentum is really building for Manchester United as they have now gone 13 games without losing. They have won 4 of the last 5 games they have played.
- Manchester United is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against Liverpool, having won 4 and drawn 1. They have scored 9 goals in those 5 games.
- Coming into this game, Liverpool has picked up 11 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2.2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Liverpool has scored 8 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Liverpool has enjoyed playing away from home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 4 games.
- Scoring is not an issue for Liverpool when they play away from home. They have scored in the last 7 games they have played on the road. Can Manchester United stop this run?
- Momentum is really building for Liverpool as they have now gone 5 games without losing. They have won 3 of the last 5 games they have played.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 4 games for Liverpool ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Liverpool is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against Manchester United, having won 3 and drawn 2. They have scored 8 goals in those 5 games.
- In the last 5 matches for Liverpool, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 18 matches (55% of all matches) involving Liverpool has seen BTTS landing.
- It’s likely that Liverpool will score today, as they have netted in the last 5 games coming into this one and have scored 8 goals in the last five games.
Stats source: Footystats
Manchester United vs Liverpool: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester United vs Liverpool: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Manchester United Starting XI: Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood.
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Ozan Kabak, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.