Man. United vs Liverpool by FP
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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|Manchester United||10bet||2.00||8||3-1 WON (+8 units)|
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