Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to Old Trafford with the aim of making Premier League history by securing nine wins in their opening nine games.
Indeed, the Reds sit atop the league standings and are in prolific form – the kind of form that our Manchester United vs Liverpool predictions wager doesn’t bode well for next weekend’s hosts who are languishing in 12th position.
And if that wasn’t troubling enough already, United fans only have to cast their minds back to what happened the last time they played Liverpool; a defeat that was the final nail in Jose Mourinho’s coffin.
While all evidence implies that the Glazers will stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the visits will surely deliver his side consecutive defeats.
How this transpires for the Red Devils come the end of the season is anyone’s guess. You can read ours in our 2019/20 Premier League season preview.
First thing’s first…
Manchester United vs Liverpool Predictions
Old Trafford used to be a daunting place to visit. But unlike the fortress it was under Sir Alex Ferguson, travelling teams are now no longer afraid of its atmosphere, nor it’s occupiers.
And none more so evident than in Newcastle’s drop-in last weekend that ended in another defeat for the Red Devils.
The man responsible for another three points squandered at home? None other than 19-year-old Matty Longstaff.
Brother to Sean, the debutant capped an impressive performance with the winning goal from outside the box, leaving the Red Devils with only two wins this season.
Yet it wasn’t just the Longstaff duo who terrorised United’s makeshift back four. From Fabian Schar’s header to Andy Carrol’s cameo appearance that nearly led to the lead being doubled, the Magpies were tough to contain.
Such a performance and scoreline was a touching remark for Steve Bruce on his 400th managerial cap.
Fast-forward to the 20th, and a win for Klopp in his fourth season in charge of Liverpool would make it his first win at Old Trafford.
It’s the kind of result our Manchester United vs Liverpool predictions envisage being a feasible reality. Especially given the form that the Reds are in of late.
From dominant attacking displays to tenacious defensive masterclasses, the Merseysiders are already displaying title-winning form under Klopp.
The kind of form they were forced to showcase against a high-flying Leicester City side last weekend. And under their former boss Brendan Rodgers no less.
Indeed, it was a nervy 90 minutes, with the Liverpool defence put to the test by the likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison.
The latter was the man who equalised for the Foxes after Sadio Mane’s opener. But a late VAR-inspired, James Milner penalty ensured that the Reds winning run continued.
Truth be told, the hosts had plenty of chances to put the game to bed. From Mohamed Salah’s efforts to Roberto Firmino’s sitter, chances were missed all over the park.
And going into the clash with Manchester United, that may be the only fear travelling Reds fans hold. Those opportunities could be priceless in the long run.
Yet, as win all teams vying for the title, Liverpool seem to find a way to win. And they have so 17 times on the bounce.
All the evidence suggests that the 18th is coming this Sunday.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Head To Head
The head-to-head stats do not tell the entire story when it comes to how dominant the Reds have been in this fixture.
For many seasons under Mourinho, the only tactic that the Portuguese could enforce to keep Liverpool nullified was to put 11 men behind the ball and stifle their attack, hence the goalless draws.
But as United began their slump, and Solksjaer’s reign came into fruition, so did the wins for Klopp’s men – a result our Manchester United vs Liverpool predictions foresee repeating this weekend.
And the most recent was a 3-1 masterclass by the Reds that condemned Mourinho to his fate. The scorers that day were Xherdan Shaqiri, and none other than Mane.
Manchester United Team News
Unfortunately, things do not look good for Solskjaer on the injury forefront either. So much so, that Carrington is almost bursting at the seams as different players go through different stages of treatment.
Yet, the man who the Norwegian will want to be most fit for the 20th is Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman remains the priority and is one of United’s best players, when fit. Indeed, his passing and dribbling skills enhance United’s midfield.
And yet, Pogba has missed five of the last seven games, which isn’t promising at all. All evidence points to another gameday missed.
Meanwhile, summer signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also been sidelined for a few games due to tonsilitis scares. In his absence, Ashley Young has been playing understudy.
Fortunately, the Englishman and Luke Shaw are expected to be in contention for the clash against Klopp’s men – a prognosis our Manchester United vs Liverpool predictions expect will provide some hope for the Old Trafford faithful.
Liverpool Team News
Yet that same hope may be doused by the fact that both Salah and Allison Becker are expected to be fit and raring to go for the trip to Manchester.
Salah injured his ankle late on in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Leicester courtesy of a Hamza Chowdhury tackle.
On the other hand, Becker has been out of the starting XI since the first game of the season, after injuring his hamstring during the win over Norwich City, with Adrian deputising fantastically in his absence.
Fortunately, both are undergoing extensive rehabilitation regimes at Melwood to ensure they make the squad come the 20th.
And if both Salah and Becker are present, it could be a long afternoon for Solksjaer and his team.
Manchester United vs Liverpool Betting Tips
It seems that even the betting tipsters are nodding towards our Manchester United vs Liverpool predictions.
None more so evident than with the odds the Reds are operating under – 18/25 in our Manchester United vs Liverpool match bets.
Meanwhile, the hosts are tipped as 15/4 underdogs, with the chances of a draw unfolding just as unenticing at odds of 61/20.
All in all, Klopp’s men could be marching their way towards a record of nine consecutive wins in the Premier League. United, on the other hand, could further continue their descent into the latter half of the table.