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Liverpool vs Manchester United Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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Another defeat on the road for Manchester United and another win for Liverpool in this relentless, magnificent season for the Reds as a tight and dramatic 2-0 win for Jurgen Klopp's side saw them stretch their gap to 16 points ahead of Manchester City with a game in hand to West Ham. While on paper it looks like a bad result for Manchester United, there are a few positives to come from this game as United looked dangerous and looked like equalising all second half but the lack of quality in the final third has let them down again. Here's how it went down:

Team Selection:
Liverpool kept an unchanged lineup from the side that edged Tottenham with Fabinho and Matip back on the bench and would hope their front three could end the hoodoo against United scoring only twice against the Red Devils between the three of them since 2016.

Manchester United were without Marcus Rashford for this game and adopted a back five with Luke Shaw returning to the side as a left centre-back with Will…

Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview and Combined XI

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The 19th January marks probably the biggest day on the footballing calendar for Manchester United as they travel to Anfield to play Liverpool. Liverpool will be heavy favourites as they sit high at the top of the Premier League while Manchester United sit in fifth position. United will be looking to cause an upset and give the league leaders their first loss of the campaign, while Liverpool will be looking to continue their perfect start in the league.
A victory will be a tough task for United and Solskjaer as not only are Liverpool unbeaten this season but, United are winless in their last four visits to Anfield drawing 2 and losing 2. However, there are a few positives for United when looking at the history of this fixture, as Liverpool have lost 28 Premier League matches versus Manchester United, eight more than against any other club. Additionally, Solskjaer's United are unbeaten against the top four sides in the league this season, beating Manchester City, Leicester and Chel…

Tactical Analysis for Liverpool vs Manchester United

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Manchester United travel to Anfield on Sunday for our 23rd game of the Premier League season. A trip to Anfield is probably the toughest fixture in the world at the moment with Liverpool having taken 61 off a possible 63 points which is some sort of world record in the top 5 leagues of Europe. The only game that they dropped points in was their away trip to Old Trafford where Solskjaer and his men held them to a 1-1 draw.  Over the past decade, the tables have turned and Manchester United find themselves 27 points behind the league leaders who are on course to win their first Premier League. However, at this point, stopping them from winning the league is not in our hands and the only thing we can do is try to get those elusive 3 points on Sunday. So here's a tactical analysis of the game and the key battles that will define the game.
Tactical Analysis:
Liverpool always set-up in a 4-3-3 with the formidable trio of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino spearheading their…

Manchester United vs Wolves Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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An FA Cup 3rd round replay to determine progression into the next round of the prestigious tournament was probably not what either Manchester United and or Wolves were looking forward to last night as they lined up at Old Trafford. Particularly with both teams having a am-packed fixture list for January 2020. Solskjaer in particular had to select a team with one eye on the key fixture this Sunday at Anfield against arch rivals and run-away League Leaders Liverpool. Man Utd’s season has been extremely inconsistent to say the least and the FA Cup offers the Red Devils an opportunity to deliver a piece of silver wear at the end of a topsy turvy season. With transfer rumours circulating all around Old Trafford of possible signings and players leaving Old Trafford during the January transfer window period the Red Devils were under pressure to deliver a favourable result and progress to the next stage of the cup.
The major talking point was team selection for the Red Devils with Marcus Ras…

Manchester United vs. Wolves Preview

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An FA Cup replay was certainly the last thing on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wishlist as his Manchester United side took to the Molineux field for their third round tie against Wolves on Jan. 4. Unfortunately for the Reds, a heavily rotated side failed to find the winner in an evenly balanced 0-0 draw, and things will need to be settled at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

In what already was a jam packed January schedule, the depleted United squad will have to take on yet another 90 minutes of football minimum in quick succession — something that's far from ideal for a group of players as prone to picking up injuries as the Reds. But, with that said, the FA Cup suddenly appears as one of the likeliest potential sources of silverware for Wednesday's hosts after they lost the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final to Manchester City 1-3 last week. Therefore, Solskjaer is not likely to tinker with the lineup too much, but will certainly have the huge league clash with Liverpool …

Premier League Grades: Matchday 22

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Huge games in the relegation battle with the whole landscape changing once again at the bottom of the table and even bigger games at the top of the table with Arsenal and Tottenham dropping points, Chelsea and United fighting for fourth spot and Liverpool pulling away with a 14 point gap between them and second place Manchester City with a game in hand. Here are the results:

Sheffield United vs West Ham 1-0
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal 1-1
Chelsea vs Burnley 3-0
Newcastle vs Wolves 1-1
Leicester City vs Southampton 1-2
Manchester United vs Norwich 4-0
Everton vs Brighton 1-0
Tottenham vs Liverpool 0-1
Bournemouth vs Watford 0-3
Aston Villa vs Manchester City 1-6

And here are the grades:
SHEFFIELD UNITED 8/10
Close win but another hard earned one. Still in contention for Top Six and could keep this up all season the way they are playing.

WEST HAM 5/10
Unfortunate not to equalise but that's the current law unfortunately and VAR inconsistencies are not aiding this poor rule. Moyes has transformed …

Manchester United vs Norwich Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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Match Analysis -  Manchester United have beaten Norwich 4-0 at Old Trafford with goals coming from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. After poor results against Arsenal, Wolves, and Manchester City, this feels like a breath of fresh air, although we need to remember that Norwich are currently last in the table with 3 wins all season. The game was fairly one-sided with it mostly being played in Norwich's half. We went into the half-time a goal up, thanks to Rashford who was making his 200th appearance today. Juan Mata found himself in acres of space on the right-wing and played a pinpoint cross to find the Englishman at the far post who slotted it past Krul. In the second half, United scored two goals in two minutes. The first one was Rashford who converted a penalty won by Brandon Williams and the second was a simple header by Martial with Mata bagging his second assist of the day. The final nail in the coffin for Daniel Farke's struggling side was the subs…