5 Men who can help Manchester United overcome Liverpool at Anfield
The biggest battle of the season is almost upon us. On one side we have high flying Liverpool, currently top of the table, unbeaten in the league and scoring goals galore. Jurgen Klopp's team has been firing on all cylinders, resting on the defensive solidity provided by the mammoth Alisson in goal and the colossal Virgil van Dijk at the center of defense. But the biggest advantage of Liverpool coming into this game has been the return to form of their talisman Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian has scored 13 goals in all competitions so far this season and has scored 4 goals in his last 2 games! Liverpool have everything going right for them right now and they have the upper hand in this battle.
On the other side we have Jose Mourinho's team, who have stuttered and stumbled all season. Manchester United are currently 6th in the table and have conceded 20 goals more than Liverpool! Their performance all season has failed to impress - after good runs against Arsenal and Fulham in the Premier League, the Old Trafford side had another no show against Valencia in the Champions League. United are pegged with defensive problems and have been unable to stop the goals from flying in. As such, this is a battle that does not favour the Red Devils at all. However, being underdogs has worked to their advantage in recent time.
Since the Arsenal game, Jose Mourinho has opted for a totally different ideology, with a fast, fluid set of players, who move the ball forward with speed and also use the wings well. This has transformed the team, as the Portuguese has used the qualities of the players at his disposal well. As such, brushing away Manchester United altogether might not be a good idea yet.
As the world gears up for a Super Sunday, we take a look at the 5 Manchester United players who can inspire and help United overcome Liverpool at Anfield.
#5 Ashley Young
Ashley Young will have a huge responsibility on Sunday, because he will have Mohamed Salah for company. The veteran defender has dealt with the Egyptian well in the past and has also been good when given a specific job by Mourinho. Salah likes to drift inside to take a shot on his preferred left foot and since Young is predominantly right-footed, he could use this to his advantage.
Young is good in his tackles, is quite strong himself and has developed into a good defender in recent times. With Luke Shaw still injured and his involvement on Sunday uncertain, Young is United's safest bet at Left Back and the Englishman does bring quite a few qualities that would unsettle Liverpool.
Young is quite effective going forward and scored a beautiful goal in the last game against Fulham. His ability to cut inside and curl one into the far corner is a great asset. As such, Young will be looking to put Alisson to test throughout the game and it would suit Manchester United well.