Manchester United vs Liverpool team news: David de Gea starts, Mohamed Salah out
David de Gea is fit to start for Manchester United on Super Sunday, but Mohamed Salah is not in the Liverpool matchday squad.
De Gea has made a swift recovery after suffering a groin injury on international duty with Spain, but Salah failed a late fitness test after picking up an ankle problem in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester before the international break.
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Divock Origi replaces Salah in the Liverpool starting line-up, while Alisson Becker returns in goal for the first time since August.
Marcus Rashford leads the line for Manchester United, with the returning Anthony Martial among the substitutes, while Fred joins Scott McTominay in midfield and Axel Tuanzebe is included in the defence.
Manchester United vs Liverpool team news
Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Young, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, James, Rashford.
Subs: Romero, Mata, Martial, Rojo, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson, Mane, Firmino, Origi.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.
Solskjaer can’t handle it’
Martin Keown: Former Arsenal defender on Final Score
If you think of the two great teams of Liverpool and Manchester United, they have always dominated English football. It could go horribly wrong for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this weekend. He seems to have lost the players. Winless in the last six, it’s been their worst start in years. Looking at him in press conferences and he looks uncertain. If that is the sort of direction and leadership then maybe they need to make a change. I was big on him getting the job but I don’t think he can handle it at the moment. On the pitch, they are not tenacious enough.
Keepers in the spotlight
Phil McNulty: BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford
Big cheers from opposing fans for the respective goalkeepers David De Gea and Alisson as they come out to warm up.
In this time of struggle, it would have made Manchester United’s task even harder if they had lost De Gea to the groin injury he sustained playing for Spain in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden.
He has recovered quickly and at the other end Alisson returns for Liverpool for the first time since suffering a calf injury during their opening Premier League game of the season at home to Norwich City.
Adrian has been a very able replacement but the Brazilian is one of the world’s finest so no surprise he is back – and with Liverpool boasting a perfect record of eight wins from eight league games.
So good news for Ole Gunnar Siolskjaer and Jurgen Klopp.
‘Any other reasons?’
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, now Rangers boss, was quizzed about his thoughts on today’s game in a press conference…
Reporter: “Is this the best thing for Liverpool to be going to Old Trafford?”
Reporter: “How do you think it will go?”
Gerrard: “Liverpool win.”
Reporter: “Why are you so confident?”
Gerrard: “Are you going to continue to ask me these silly questions? They have played eight games and won eight. The front three are in fantastic form. They haven’t conceded many goals. They are European champions. Do you want any other reasons why? Did you think I was going to say anything different? Come on!”
Manchester United vs Liverpool Head-to-head stats
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last six home games against Liverpool, including five league matches (W3, D2).
There have been nine goals scored in the last five Premier League meetings, with three of those games finishing in draws.
The most recent game in February finished 0-0 at Old Trafford, though Liverpool did win the return fixture 3-1 in December.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has played in 18 games against Man Utd. Only David de Gea (19) has featured more times from current players in either squad.
What Manchester United would give to have the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs… back in their squad today.
Ferdinand’s last Premier League start against Liverpool was actually a 1-0 defeat at Anfield in September 2013. Daniel Sturridge netted in the fourth minute!
‘Losing just isn’t an option’ -Rio Ferdinand
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has written a speech ahead of going to battle.
As a player who comes into the club & isn’t local you are quickly made aware what this game means to you – EVERYTHING.
You can’t lose, you win ur battles, you give their fans nothing to shout about, you send them back across the M62 in silence… #mufchttps://t.co/b2l1gN45pv pic.twitter.com/4clX633bqj
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 20, 2019