Live match preview – Man Utd vs Liverpool 24.10.2021

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Man Utd vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.

Team news

Manchester United have injury doubts over Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Marcus Rashford ahead of the Premier League game with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The trio sustained knocks during the Champions League tie against Atalanta on Wednesday and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes they settle down before Sunday.

Anthony Martial has built up his fitness after returning unfit from international duty with France and is available, but centre-back Raphael Varane remains absent with a groin injury.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Bruno Fernandes is a doubt for their game against Liverpool on Super Sunday

Curtis Jones should be back in contention for Liverpool but fellow midfielder Thiago Alcantara will remain on the sidelines.

Jones missed last weekend’s game against Watford and the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid with an injury sustained on England U21 duty. He took part in light training in midweek and the 20-year-old has continued to build up his fitness.

Thiago continues to nurse the calf problem that has kept him out for the past month and he may not be fit until after the next international break in November.

How to follow

Manchester United vs Liverpool, live on Sky Sports on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm)
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Manchester United vs Liverpool, live on Sky Sports on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm)

Man Utd vs Liverpool is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm; kick-off 4.30pm. David Jones will be joined by Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp in the studio, with Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on the gantry with Martin Tyler for co-commentary.

Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Watch all the post-match analysis and interviews on Sky Sports Premier League, plus read the latest features, pundit and manager reaction on the Sky Sports website and app.

Last time out…

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool’s win over Watford in the Premier League

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League

Nev vs Carra – who can name most goalscorers?

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Gary Neville takes on Jamie Carragher in a quiz to find out who can remember the most goalscorers in Manchester United vs Liverpool fixtures

Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah's shot maps in the Premier League and Champions League this season
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah’s shot maps in the Premier League and Champions League this season

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Responding to comments from Paul Scholes, Jurgen Klopp insists Manchester United showed their quality in their Champions League win over Atalanta

  • Manchester United have won just one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D6 L3), losing this exact fixture 4-2 last season.
  • Following their 4-2 win at Man Utd in May, Liverpool are looking to secure consecutive league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since January 2002.
  • Manchester United shipped four goals in a home Premier League game for only the fifth time in last season’s encounter with Liverpool, losing 4-2. The last team to score 4+ goals in consecutive top-flight visits to Man Utd was Burnley in 1961-62 (won 4-1) and 1962-63 (won 5-2).
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League matches against ‘United’ teams (W18 D7) since losing 2-1 away to Manchester United in March 2018. Should they avoid defeat here, it would be the joint-longest unbeaten run against ‘United’ teams in the history of the Football League, matching Brentford’s 26-game run between October 1998 and November 2000.
  • Manchester United are without a clean sheet in any of their last nine home league matches, their longest run without one since a run of 10 between September 1970 and February 1971. Meanwhile, the Red Devils have only picked up eight points from their last seven home Premier League matches (W2 D2 L3), winning twice as many points in their previous seven at Old Trafford (16 – W5 D1 L1).
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (left) and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Old Trafford
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Paul Pogba in action last season against Liverpool
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in 18 league games, the longest current run in the top four tiers of English football (W13 D5). Away from home, the Reds have scored at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League games (17 in total), with only Man Utd last season having a longer such run in the competition (6).
  • In the Premier League, only Wayne Rooney (six goals) has scored more times for Manchester United against Liverpool than Marcus Rashford (four goals in eight appearances).
  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored three goals in his two away games against Manchester United last season (2 in the FA Cup, 1 in the Premier League) – no Liverpool player has ever scored in three consecutive away games against Manchester United before.
  • Each of Roberto Firmino’s last 10 Premier League goals for Liverpool have come away from home. In the competition’s history, only three players have had longer such runs – Ryan Giggs (13 between 2001 and 2003), Harry Kane (13 in 2017) and Ole Gunnar Solskjær (11 in 2002).
  • With 26 shots and 31 chances created, Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in a higher share of his team’s attempts this season than any other player in the Premier League (41% – 57/138). Nine of his chances created have been for Mason Greenwood, with no player setting up a teammate more so far this term.

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