Manchester United will look to dent the title hopes of arch rivals Liverpool when the teams meet for a Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday, 24 February 2019, kick-boxer at 16h05.
Jurgen Klopp’s team defeated the Red Devils 3-1 when the teams clashed at Anfield in December 2018. That proved to be Jose Mourinho’s last match in charge of United, who have enjoyed a surge of positivity under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since then.
The Norwegian has overseen eight wins from nine unbeaten Premier League matches, pushing United back up the table and making them perhaps the favourites to finish fourth ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal – something which seemed unthinkable in the final days of Mourinho’s tenure.
Yet it is the battle at the top of the table between Liverpool and Manchester City which is even more important: the Reds come into the weekend trailing the Citizens on goal difference, and this clash gives them the chance to reclaim an outright lead (with Pep Guardiola’s team playing in the League Cup final against Chelsea).
Solskjaer’s United would love nothing more than to stymie Liverpool’s title hopes – even if it proves to help out their hated cross-town rivals – and we should be in for a fiery clash between two of England’s greatest football clubs.
Both sides were victorious in their last Premier League clash, with the Red Devils winning 3-0 away to Fulham and ‘Pool easing past Bournemouth at home by the same score line.
Both teams have been in major cup action heading into the clash, with United away to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday night, while Liverpool hosted Bayern Munich on Tuesday for the first leg of their last 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League.
In head-to-head stats, United and Liverpool have met in 53 Premier League matches. The Red Devils have claimed 28 wins compared to 14 for the Reds, while 11 games have been drawn.
Manchester United v Liverpool – Head-to-head, Premier League
Matches played 53
United wins 28
Liverpool wins 14
Last five results (Premier League only, most recent first)