Manchester United will put their title credentials to the ultimate test on Sunday when they visit Liverpool’s fortress, Anfield.
Premier League leaders Manchester United face one of their most difficult challenges of the season on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges visit the reigning champions Liverpool at the Anfield and hope to overturn the odds. A win would put them six points clear at the top and allow them to realistically dream about a first league title in eight years.
A revitalised side with no significant absentees has left the manager spoiled for choices, for good reason. David de Gea will keep his place in goal. The Spaniard will be important in the defensive unit and containing a potent Liverpool frontline. Eric Bailly is fully fit and will start beside Harry Maguire. The centre-backs must be at the top of their game to counter the Reds’ biggest attacking threats- the wingers.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be given the nod at right back. The former Crystal Palace defender’s defensive attributes will come handy against Andy Robertson. Albeit weak from an attacking standpoint, there’s no reason why Wan-Bissaka must not play this one. The same implies for Luke Shaw, who will be picked over Alex Telles and face an off-form Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Fred and Scott McTominay have been in good form lately. The duo will form a double pivot in a defensive midfield role. While the Brazilian will be extremely vital in countering Roberto Firmino who drops deep, the Scotsman’s ability to play the ball forward will be a bonus besides his defensive and physical potencies. With four attacking players including Paul Pogba set to line-up further forward, these two will prove vital in the system.
Pogba, the match-winner from last week, will play in the attacking midfield position. The Frenchman has shown time and again that he flourishes in a free-roaming attacking role. His preferences will be adhered by Solskjaer. Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes will occupy the left and right flanks respectively, hoping to continue good runs of goal-scoring form.
Leading the line will be Anthony Martial. The Frenchman has just scored once in his last six matches but will look to bounce back against the side which witnessed his maiden United goal. Martial will be imperative and there will probably be no shortage of chances for him against a depleted Liverpool backline that has shipped 21 goals already this season.