WHAT TO EXPECT?
Liverpool won Manchester United twice in the Premier League this season, 5-0 (Oct. 2021) and 4-0 (April 2022), in the latest chapter of a fascinating rivalry. And Reds beat the Red Devils in the trophy department this season as well: Man United went trophy-less, while Liverpool have claimed two trophies and are still in the running for two more.
Both teams have a very rich history and have won an a lot of league titles and trophies, with Liverpool adding to their totals this season.
In fact, Liverpool are on a quest for a historic series of wins in 2021-22, which would be one better than Manchester United’s famous 1999 tripple win.
There will not be the usual intensity to games between these two teams but still a lot of interesting moments, from new team members. Erik ten Hag is working to achieve his ideas on his players, having been in the job a little over a month but with pre-season only just beginning, and Jurgen Klopp won’t miss an opportunity to give United another hard times.
HIT FOR LIVERPOOL
The Reds have been carefull during their unbeaten series of win, posting eight sheets while allowing a total of six goals.
Two of those goals were permitted in a 2-2 draw during match against Manchester City on April 10, when Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota tallied for Liverpool. The Reds lead the league with a plus-57 goal differential and have outscored their opponents 39-7 while going 15-0 at home this season.
Mane, who scored twice in Liverpool’s 3-2 win against Man City in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday, is third on the team with 13 league goals while Jota is based on a third in the Premier League with 15. The Reds have the top scorer in the league in Mohamed Salah, who delivers bright goals and 5-0 win over Manchester United on Oct. 24. The team also has the top three in the Premier League in assists, with Salah based between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.
HIT FOR MANCHESTER UNITED
The Red Devils are coming off just their second win in six league matches, a 3-2 triumph over Norwich City on Saturday. Man United’s atack was provided by Cristiano Ronaldo, but Portuguese star also scored three times in 3-2 victory against Tottenham on March 12. Ronaldo is even with Jota for third in the Premier League this season with 15 goals. However, Ronaldo will miss this contest following family circumstances.
Bruno Fernandes has played five league matches without a goal but is second on the Red Devils with nine. The 27-year-old Portuguese midfielder, who also ranks second on the club with six assists, scored twice for his national team on March 29 in a 2-0 victory over North Macedonia in a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. Paul Pogba is one of the top setup men in the league as he is fourth with a team-high nine assists.