Liverpool vs Manchester United
Even the most ardent Man United fans will be hard pressed to believe their side can win at Liverpool on Sunday.
The gulf between the M62 rivals is stark.
Liverpool, under Jurgen Klopp, are battling Man City for the title. Indeed, a win for the Reds on Sunday will send them back to the top of the table.
Before kick-off, Liverpool are already 16 points better off the Man United in the league. Will it be 19 points by the end of the day?
Jose Mourinho seems to have a major job on his hands if Man United are to finish in the top four.
Man United are already eight points behind Arsenal and Chelsea.
Graeme Souness on his combined XI
In his weekly column in the Sunday Times, Graeme Souness has named his Liverpool and Man United combined XI.
Only one Man United made the cut. David De Gea was selected over Alisson, and Souness explained that had more to do with history than present form:
David De Gea had a poor World Cup by his high standards and has not quite been at his best this season but he has credit in the bank.
Without him, it’s impossible to imagine Manchester United attaining any of the few baubles — Champions League qualification, Europa League, FA and League Cups — that have come their way since Fergie’s departure.
A word on Paul Pogba
Everyone by now knows that Souness isn’t a fan of Paul Pogba.
The Scot has often picked on Pogba whether in print or on TV.
This Sunday is no different, as Souness wonders why Pogba is even a starter for Man United this term:
I’m sorry to keep coming back to Paul Pogba but ask yourself if he has been picked to start because his performances in this campaign have demanded it or because it looks bad to have a player who cost £89m sitting on the bench.
Could you really say the former? It’s as if he thinks making one great intervention gives him licence to try a couple of crazy moves which don’t come off.