Liverpool vs Man United: How Red Devils Could Line Up As They Eye First Win at Anfield in 7 Years

Liverpool vs Man United: How Red Devils Could Line Up As They Eye First Win at Anfield in 7 Years

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:27 PM
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  • Liverpool are scheduled to host rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday evening
  • United will be desperate to secure their first win at Anfield in seven years during the meeting
  • Erik ten Hag has a fully fit squad to select from, with the exception of Anthony Martial who remains sidelined

Erik ten Hag will be keen to name a strong team ahead OF Manchester United's Premier League trip to Anfield on Sunday, March 5.

The match comes at a time the two English rivals are worlds apart in terms of form, with United currently enjoying a fine run of results.

The Red Devils will head to Anfield off a fantastic week that saw them secure three wins in a week, including a Europa League knockout victory over Barcelona and a Carabao Cup final triumph against Newcastle United.

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Manchester United stars in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground. Photo by Matthew Peters.
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Ten Hag's charges currently occupy third place in the standings with 49 points and victory over Liverpool will help them keep their slim title hopes alive.

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As for Liverpool, they have endured a mixed season, with Jurgen Klopp's charges failing to replicate their form from the recent years this season.

The Merseysiders currently sit sixth with 39 points and a favourable result against Man United will see them close in on a Champions League spot.

Man United team news

Manchester United do not have any major injury concerns ahead of the Sunday trip to Liverpool.

Anthony Martial is perhaps the only player expected to miss the clash, with the French forward still unavailable, per Manchester Evening News.

Luke Shaw picked a knock earlier against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final but is expected to make the Liverpool tie.

Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho, who was absent earlier in the week due to illness, is also expected to return to the fold.

Predicted Man United XI

Ten Hag is likely to opt for a 4-3-3 formation when Man United take on the Reds, with David de Gea in line to keep his place between the sticks.

Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are expected to start at the heart of defence, with Diogo Dalot starting ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

As earlier mentioned, Shaw is in line to return from injury this weekend, and could straight off take his place on the left.

The midfield department is the one that could possibly pose the biggest headache for Ten Hag, especially considering the depth the Dutchman has in that area.

Be that as it may, the Brazilian duo of Casemiro and Fred is an automatic start alongside Bruno Fernandes, who is expected to play in the No10 role.

Upfront, the in-form Marcus Rashford is in line to start alongside Wout Weghorst, with the Dutchman able to switch positions.

Alejandro Garnacho is more likely to join the duo in attack at the expense of Antony and Sancho.

Garnacho has enjoyed a bright run of form whenever he has been called upon and was the shining star during United's FA Cup clash against West Ham.

Klopp claims United are in title race

Sports Brief also reported on Jurgen Klopp’s interesting claims about the Premier League title race.

Ahead of the derby against Manchester United on Sunday, Klopp was quick to admit the Red Devils were in the race, despite being eight points behind Arsenal.

“They do well this year. They are where they are. They have turned into a result machine, squeezing results out with really good performances,” Klopp said.
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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.
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