Liverpool’s forward will have raised eyebrows at a potential Manchester United XI next week. The two old rivals will clash at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Liverpool is always one of the biggest games of the season. England’s two most successful football clubs – by some distance – who also happen to be situated next to one another.
But the overall tone of the fixture changes through the years. We’ve seen Liverpool act as the giant to United’s underdogs to a complete reversal in the late 90s. We’ve seen the two compete for the title and we’ve seen them both fall very short of top spot together.
Recent seasons, though, has been particularly interesting. Liverpool have sat back on their perch, while United have long-term goals to knock them off it. But the result has been recent games where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets his team up very defensively and tries to grind out a result.
This year, however, was supposed to be different. United significantly boosted their attack with Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. They also made themselves more secure at the back with Raphael Varane.
Maybe, then, they could actually go toe-to-toe with Liverpool next week. But maybe not.
Manchester United XI troubles
He’s not back in training yet, with the game against Liverpool a little over a week away. Maguire certainly faces a race against time to make this one and even if he does, he won’t be 100%.
And so a free-scoring Liverpool team may be up against Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly at Old Trafford. The former has played a few games this season but is comfortably third choice. Bailly, though, has just one League Cup appearance to his name.
You’ve got to say that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino will like the look of that. United will almost certainly be weak against Liverpool and, potentially, without their only reliable centre-backs.
A front line that averages nearly three goals a game this season could have a lot of fun with that.