Manchester United will be looking to end Liverpool’s 17-game Premier League winning streak when we host the leaders at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The international break came at the right time for us with injuries, fatigue and poor form really hindering us.
We start the weekend in the bottom half but three points, or even one, would be a big mental boost against Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have started with eight wins from eight to start the new season.
Here’s the United team I think will face Liverpool:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
There are reports than the Spaniard is a doubt with a knock for this game but I would be shocked if David de Gea doesn’t start. He’s had some impressive performances versus Liverpool in the past and will need to be at his best against their front three.
Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be back from an illness to mark Sadio Mane. I expect the right-back to be solid against their star forward given his speed and strength. Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire will have the combined job of tracking Roberto Firmino’s runs off the ball. The Brazilian hasn’t scored against us in eight previous meetings but is always a threat. We’re hoping Luke Shaw is back to mark Mohamed Salah, otherwise it will be Ashley Young at left-back which will be a worry for us. Shaw is capable of doing a one-on-one marking job.
Midfield: Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is a doubt but I expect the French international to be back to start against Liverpool. We’ll need him to start counter-attacks as I expect us to play deep against Liverpool and look for chances on the break. Scott McTominay should be the most defensive player in our midfield although could be partnered by Nemanja Matic. I think Andreas Pereira will be the energy in midfield instead of Fred.
Attack: Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James
Marcus Rashford will lead the line for us as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer doesn’t have any other options. Anthony Martial may be available after a lengthy layoff but I wouldn’t expect him to start. Daniel James certainly starts and I think it will be down the left wing, so don’t be surprised if Mason Greenwood starts down the right again as Jesse Lingard is also sidelined. Juan Mata won’t start.
Here is our team on paper: