Manchester United invite Liverpool for their rescheduled Premier League match at Old Trafford on Thursday. The Red Devils lost 2-1 to Leicester City and Manchester City were crowned Champions, while Man United is now fighting for second place. Meanwhile, Liverpool is still regarded as a long shot for a Champions League berth, but a 2-0 victory over Southampton over the weekend has improved their chances of finishing in the top four. Read to know lineup and prediction of Manchester United and Liverpool rescheduled match, which was earlier postponed due to fans protest.
Manchester United lineup: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had rested his entire starting XI against Leicester on Tuesday thus he should be able to field his usual starting lineup against Liverpool on Thursday.
Harry Maguire will miss the rest of Manchester United’s league games and is a big doubt for the Europa League final at the end of May, with a chance of missing the Euros.
Axel Tuanzebe could take the field given Eric Bailly’s injury history and how careful Solskjaer has been with him, 180 minutes in 48 hours will be surprising.
Liverpool lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Ozan Kabak ruled out for Thursday’s match against United. Rhys Williams had a nightmare against Manchester United earlier this season, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Fabinho returned to the back line on Thursday.
James Milner or Curtis Jones are ready to step in if Fabinho is needed at centre-back for the away side.
Roberto Firmino missed the 2-0 win over Southampton at the weekend thus he is expected to return to the starting lineup in midweek at the expense of Diogo Jota.
In the last 48 hours, Manchester United has played twice, and thrice in the last four days. They saw a bittersweet result as they lost 2-1 by Leicester which announced Manchester City champions while also putting Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four in jeopardy.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would be dissatisfied with the Premier League’s scheduling of this rescheduled game, which effectively handed Leicester three points on Tuesday and ended their hopes of finishing in the top four.
Man United and Liverpool have a history of playing out drab stalemates in previous seasons, and we don’t foresee anything different this week.
In order to cement their grip on second place, the hosts will return with their strongest lineup while Liverpool has a lot more to play for as they try to claw their way back into the Champions League places, so we can expect another draw between the two arch-rivals.
Our Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
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