Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 16, 2016
Here we go, this is the last time in the 2015/16 season that we will see England’s two most successful clubs face off, during Thursday nights second leg tie of the Europa League last sixteen game. Manchester United have a mountain to climb after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Anfield last Thursday.
Liverpool will be hoping for the exact same attacking threat that was on show last week, while United are thankful for the wonderful David De Gea, who without him could be a lot more than two goals down going into this game at Old Trafford. Liverpool will be the fresher side, having had a whole week off to prepare, while Manchester United fought through a tough ninety minutes of football against West Ham on Sunday to salvage a replay in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
It’s very tough to know what way Louis Van Gaal will set up his side for this European fixture, seeing as next Tuesday they have a strong chance of making it to a semi-final in Wembley against Everton, so will Van Gaal try and go for broke against Liverpool or will he have one eye on a potential trip to Wembley? Normally, you would think their sole focus would be on a tie with their great rivals Liverpool, but, needing two goals without reply is always going to be a tough task, then you have to take into account that nobody has a clue what goes through Louis Van Gaal’s mind. Either way, this could go down as one of the best games in these two clubs’ rich history, with Man United needing to get at Liverpool straight from the tip, whilst Liverpool offer so much pace going forward on counter attacks, we should be in for a real treat.
Team selection: Manchester United are still without Luke Shaw, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Ashley Young going into Thursday’s game at Old Trafford. Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva is hoping to be back for the start of April, while Joe Gomez and Danny Ings are still a long way off returning. Liverpool could lineup in a similar fashion as we seen in away wins at Chelsea and Manchester City earlier in the season, with a six-man midfield and inform Roberto Firmino as the false nine, as Klopp could possibly look for the same pressing style suited to that formation, rather than going with Daniel Sturridge as the front man.