How Manchester United Should Lineup vs Liverpool
Manchester United and Liverpool will be locking horns in the Premier League today in a tie that will prove very costly to anyone that loses. Liverpool wants to maintain their lead at the top of the League and United want to consolidate their stake on the fourth position.
United know that if they win this game, they will be six points behind Tottenham who lost yesterday to Burnley. Liverpool, on the other hand, know that they will be three points above City if they win today’s game. All in all, there’s all to play for in this tie.
With Ole Gunnar confirming that Martial and Lingard have a chance to play in this fixture, his injury list isn’t that big which will leave him only with a selection dilemma.
The only injured players that he currently has – long term are Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia. With that in mind, the selection for this particular tie won’t be as easy since Solskjaer has a good number of talented players at his disposal.
Ole Gunnar is likely to lineup his team in a 4-3-3 formation that alternates to a 4-3-1-2 or a 4-4-2 diamond. This has proved a tactical masterclass as most teams in the League and domestic cups have found it hard to stop his team.
Here’s how the team may lineup today against Liverpool:
David de Gea will likely be reinstated after being on the bench for the FA Cup tie against Chelsea. There’s no doubting Romero’s abilities, but de Gea is certainly United’s number one, especially in a game like this one.
In the defense, Ole Gunnar has been tweaking his centre-halves to see which pairing works and after the Chelsea tie, he may have just found his center-back pairing in Smalling and Lindelof.
The likes of Shaw and Young have been consistent for him and there’ll be no reason to drop them at this stage of the campaign. If he wants to rest Ashley Young, he has the option of Diogo Dalot.
The midfield seemed to have been decided by Solskjaer even before it was officially confirmed he would be taking over as interim boss. He has consistently played Herrera, Matic and Pogba as his midfield trident. So far, they have performed quite admirably.
The front three seems to have also found their rhythm and forming a great understanding with each other. Ole’s favorite three-man front line has been Lingard, Rashford and Martial.
If Martial and Lingard are fit to play, expect to see them take over those positions at the top. Lingard will float around the right flank and through the middle when they have possession of the ball.
That will mean that he splits Rashford and Martial a couple of times to disorganize Liverpool’s shape at the back.
The team will look more or less like this:
David de Gea; Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.