Liverpool v Manchester United [Team Sheets]
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Can, Milner, Lallana, Firmino.
Subs: Ward, Caulker, Smith, Allen, Teixeira, Ibe, Benteke.
Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Schneiderlin, Fellaini; Lingard, Herrera, Martial; Rooney.
Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Pereira, Mata, Memphis.
Will Louis van Gaal be fired today?
The papers have been full of stories that LVG may be sacked if he loses today, while Sir Alex Ferguson has been tipped for a “hands on” position at the club should that happen.
It’s easy to understand why the Dutch manager is under pressure, as United have slipped to 6th in the table as the quest for a Champions League berth falters.
The Red Devils have three players out on Sunday: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones.
Fans will expect to see a similar team that played in the 3-3 thriller at Newcastle, with Wayne Rooney in attack, Anthony Martial on a wing, and Jesse Lingard still in midfield.
Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge remain on the sidelines for 9th placed Liverpool.
The home fans will believe they have enough quality to win, however, and all eyes will be on Brazilian import Roberto Firmino after he scored two goals against Arsenal.
Statistically Man United have won six of their last eight league meetings with Liverpool. But many of those games happened before the LVG snoozefest.
This fixture is usually positive for Juan Mata. He has scored three goals and assisted four more in his last six league games v the Reds.
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