Manchester United v Liverpool Preview5 min read
Usually a highly competitive must-see in the unofficial ‘derbies’ up and down the country, football fans from all over the world are going to be tuning in and expecting a dressing down by Liverpool as they march on with their perfect start intact.
Such has been the two polarising trajectories of these two clubs in recent history, Manchester United are given very little chance of recording any type of result. In fact, the situation has worsened to an extent where it appears as if Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s job is on the line.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are flying under Jürgen Klopp. Looking to win their first Premier League title since its inception in the earlier nineties, the Reds have won their opening eight matches and will not be fazed by the opposition on Sunday.
The common saying of ‘form goes out the window’ is forever prevalent in these type of matches, but it does not appear to carry any weight going into this game. The Red Devils are so low on confidence right now that their reserve side could get the better of them – if they are not already involved in the first-team.
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🗣️ Solskjaer: "I’m going to be successful here, and there are players there who won’t be part of that successful team"
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) October 14, 2019
After a poor summer transfer window in failing to highlight the problems in the squad and addressing them fully, there is an overreliance now on the academy, even if the players are not quite ready to make the step up.
Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes look the most furnished, but even they cannot be expected to be the difference makers game in, game out. There are a considerable lack of leaders in this Manchester United side.
Klopp’s side, however, have leaders everywhere you look. From Virgil van Dijk in defence to Jordan Henderson in midfield and Mohamed Salah in attack, the spine of Liverpool’s team flows organically. There are no gaps to be filled and should there be any type of injuries prevalent, the German coach has quality ready to take their chance – in the way that Divock Origi has.
Liverpool play expansive football and have the freedom of the park to create chances, as well as the knowledge of their defence standing strong. Contrary to that, Man United have a midfield that is bypassed week in, week out and an attack that struggles to create any chances. The players are petrified of making any more mistakes and therefore are unwilling to take a gamble.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) October 5, 2019
Manchester United’s fans used to laugh at Liverpool’s primarily because of never having won the Premier League. But that is now drawing ever closer to an end with the Reds’ ability to close down games and also incorporate the luck needed to win titles of this magnitude.
Klopp has instilled a winning belief at Melwood and the players relish turning out under him. It is said every year by fans that this year is their year, but with the way they are going, and the gap already stretching to eight points, a win at Old Trafford would signal a huge statement of intent as to what they can deliver this season.
The Red Devils will continue dragging their feet until changes are made behind the scenes, which does not appear imminent. They can sack the manager and continue on this merry-go-round, but until hierarchical solutions are put forward, Manchester United will continue to be a falling giant.