Manchester United are set to welcome Premier League leaders Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday.
The visitors head into the weekend on a 17-game winning streak in the division whilst we’re down in 12th.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a number of injuries and knocks to deal with heading into the important game.
The international break could have done us good given how bad our form was before the fortnight off, and how fatigued a number of our players looked.
David de Gea, Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot are all doubts, whilst Jesse Lingard, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba have been ruled out. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is back from injury, whilst Anthony Martial could also make his return.
Mohamed Salah has not been included in Liverpool’s squad for their trip to the Theatre of Dreams, but Alisson could be back. The Brazilian goalkeeper has been out since their season opener whilst Salah is the only injury for the visitors.
I expect David de Gea to face Liverpool whilst Luke Shaw’s return would mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred back four would all be available this weekend.
Scott McTominay should sit in front of the back four whilst he could be joined by Nemanja Matic as we’re expected to be trapped inside our own half for large periods of the game. However, the lack of mobility of the Serbian could be a bad choice. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Fred partner McTominay whilst Andreas Pereira is the obvious choice to replace Paul Pogba.
Jesse Lingard’s hard work off the ball and pace on the counter attack will be missed down the right wing so I can see Mason Greenwood making another Premier League start this weekend should Anthony Martial not be fit enough to start. Marcus Rashford and Daniel James will start.
Predicted Man Utd lineup: David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira; Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James
Manchester United are on a horrible run whilst Liverpool are trying to tie the Premier League record for successive wins. The bookmakers have even made the visitors odds on favourites.
However, they were favourites here back in March and the 0-0 draw we got from the game essentially cost Liverpool their first Premier League title as they won every game afterwards and finished one point behind Manchester City.
Mohamed Salah will be a big loss for them and I am confident Aaron Wan-Bissaka can do a job on Sadio Mane. I see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer playing a defensive and tight game with the international break doing wonders for our fitness. I believe we can hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw.