Preview - Manchester United vs Liverpool March 10 2018

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Match Day 30
Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
20:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.9
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (14)

Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (24)

We have a big one to kick off the action in round 30 of the Premier League season, as big rivals Manchester United and Liverpool lock horns at Old Trafford. With just two points between second placed United and third placed Liverpool, the outcome of this game may have a large bearing on deciding who ultimately ends up finishing as runners up to Manchester City.

United have the second best defensive record in the Premier League, but ever the perfectionist, José Mourinho still isn't happy, and may make changes to the back four which shipped two goals away at Crystal Palace. Anthony Martial is the only new injury concern and faces a late fitness test. Andrew Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum are the main fitness concerns for Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester United have the advantage of having had a blank week in Europe, but with Liverpool barely having to come out of second gear either against Newcastle last weekend or Porto in midweek we wouldn't expect that to play too much of a role here.

There is no doubt that Liverpool are playing the better football of these two at present, but Manchester United have shown a lot of heart in coming from behind to win each of their two Premier League outings. We anticipate goals in this one with United doing enough to secure a draw.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  5 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks:  1 - 13
Possession: 32% - 68%

Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia were booked for the home side, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seeing yellow for Liverpool.

Looking at the above statistics many fans will be asking, "How did Liverpool manage to lose this one?" Manchester United did defend resolutely throughout though, an area in which Liverpool could certainly have done better, and two well-taken goals from a player making his first start of the year ultimately proved to be the difference between the sides.

With Liverpool persisting with their slick passing, high tempo style throughout, it must have been particularly galling for their travelling fans that it was two long balls from United which ultimately proved their undoing.

The first came in the 14th minute. Marcus Rashford latching on to a Romelu Lukaku flick on before beautifully cutting inside to fire into the far corner. 1 - 0 United.

The second in the 24th minute was a little scrappier but again began with a lofted ball to the big Belgian up front. Fed in by Lukaku, Juan Mata failed to make the most of his opportunity, but his blocked shot fell to Rashford on the edge of the area to calmly slot home.

Eric Bailly's return to the United line-up didn't go quite so well as Rashford's. Failing to deal with a cross from the left, the centre-back produced a slick back heeled finish to beat his own keeper at the near post in the 66th minute. 2-1 with plenty of time left.

As much as they huffed and puffed, dominating possession and territory, Liverpool were unable to work their usual magic in the final third and United held on.

A big three points for José Mourinho's side, seeing the Red Devil's open up a five point lead over Liverpool in the race for second place.

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