Manchester United verses Liverpool match preview
Premier League: It was Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in December’s reverse fixture that spelled the end for José Mourinho, and thrust Ole Gunnar Solskjær into the managerial spotlight. Now all eyes will be on Old Trafford as the Norwegian looks to extend United’s five-game unbeaten streak at home against their fierce rivals (Won 3, Drawn 2 – in all competitions) in one of the Premier League’s (PL) biggest derbies.
United have won eight of their nine PL games since that loss (Won 8, Drawn 1), netting an average of 2.56 goals per match, whilst conceding just 0.67. However, each of their last four competitive games featured just one team scoring (Won 3, Lose 1), with only one of those matches producing goals in both halves.
Liverpool’s goalless draw with Bayern Munich midweek made it three stalemates in their last four games (Won 1, Drawn 3), although the ‘Reds’ do have just one draw across their last seven Premier League away matches (Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 1). The visitors have netted in every Premier League road trip this campaign, but are yet to score more than 1 goal in a competitive away game in 2019.
However, Jürgen Klopp’s side have grabbed the opener in ten of their 13 top-flight away matches – the division’s joint-highest tally ahead of the round. That’s an important statistic considering Liverpool haven’t lost any of the last five head to head where they scored the opening goal (Won 4, Drawn 1).
Players to watch: United’s Paul Pogba has nine goals in 12 competitive games under Solskjær – he netted just five in 20 fixtures under Mourinho this season. In-form Sadio Mané (Liverpool ) has scored in four consecutive Premier League matches.
Statistics attack: There’s been more than 1 first-half goals in 41.67% of United’s Premier League home fixtures.
Liverpool have scored 54.17% of their Premier League away goals in the final half-hour.
Three of the last four H2Hs held here featured a penalty