Man. United vs Liverpool by FP

I am looking forward to Saturday night as Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford, a match that is always fiercely contested and never short on entertainment. The game takes on added significance this time around as Louis Van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers are both under pressure having spent a lot of money over the summer and both teams have had an indifferent start to the season. The last round of Premier League fixtures saw Manchester United lose 2-1 away to Swansea and Liverpool take a 3-0 hammering at home to West Ham, performances which neither team will want to repeat here.


Despite negative media comments, I have been impressed with Louis Van Gaal’s transfer policy (not considering the high number of players they supposedly bid for and did not get, and the David De Gea saga). He seems to have got rid of a lot of underperforming players and streamlined his squad, whilst retaining strength in depth with two good players for each position. Depay and Darmien have looked especially good signings. Brendan Rodgers again looked to have invested well over the summer, but we said that last year and Liverpool took a few backwards steps. Again his team are very inconsistent and look to struggle against if an opponent takes a more physical approach.


The new and very expensive signing Anthony Martial may make his Manchester United debut here, perhaps from the bench. I expect Rooney to keep his place as the only striker, with support from Mata and Depay. Rooney will be confident after scoring his record breaking 50th goal for England in midweek. It would be a brave move to start David De Gea but he looks the solid option compared to Romero who has made a few mistakes. Liverpool need to start getting more from Firmino, so I expect him to start behind Benteke.


I have a strong fancy in this match – I think Manchester United will win the game easily. The key will be in midfield where United look strong, flexible and have a number of tactical options. Coutinho is Liverpools main creative threat but Firmino, Lallana and Ibe are unreliable. Henderson and Milner provide the stability in midfield. Manchester United have Depay, Mata and likely substitute Young to provide the attacking outlets and any two from Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Herrera and Fellaini in the middle. United need to make sure that Coutinho has a quiet game, but they should control possession against a Liverpool team playing on the counter attack and pressurise Liverpool into making mistakes. Over the 90 minutes I expect Manchester United to be too strong for a Liverpool team short of confidence and ideas. I am actually tempted to back Manchester United to overcome a goal handicap at a very good price but will keep this simple and back them to take all three points.



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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Manchester United 10bet 2.00 8 3-1 WON (+8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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Comments (5)
Coutinho won't play because of red card against West Ham, but I agree with the tip although I am Liverpool fan. I am sorry to say this Manchester United team, although with their own problems is class above Liverpool team, just as LvG is two class better manager then BR.
09/09/2015 - 14:25
Thanks for the heads up on Coutinho I completely forgot he was suspended. Hope your season picks up (after this game obviously!), can't see you getting into the top 4 though unfortunately
09/09/2015 - 21:41
manchester till i die
09/10/2015 - 11:25
As a united season ticket holder I will be at the game. Will never back against united but they also let me down an awful lot hence I tend to stay away from them. Either way jus home you're right and we win!

09/10/2015 - 11:43
FP Rooney will play or not?
09/12/2015 - 19:16
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