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Manchester United vs Liverpool: 3 factors that could decide the match | Premier League 2018-19

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Manchester United vs Liverpool, one of the biggest rivalries in world football
Manchester United vs Liverpool, one of the biggest rivalries in world football

Manchester United vs Liverpool is undoubtedly one of the biggest rivalries in world football. We have been entertained to some brilliant football by this fixture over the years. On Sunday, it is going to be another brilliant match between these two rivals.

Manchester United are flying right now and their victory against Chelsea in the FA Cup might have taken their confidence to another level, while Liverpool hosted Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Liverpool beat Manchester United comprehensively last time out in December, but this time it could prove to be harder.

Here are three factors that could decide the match.


#3 Performance of key figures

Paul Pogba and Mohamed Salah
Paul Pogba and Mohamed Salah

In these kinds of big matches, every team wants their key players to step up and deliver. The key figures are usually the players in form, and here they are Paul Pogba and Mohamed Salah respectively for Manchester United and Liverpool.

Paul Pogba has been in scintillating form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over Manchester United as the caretaker boss. He has scored 9 goals and assisted 6 in 12 games under the new management. These stats just prove the importance of this man's presence in Sunday's big clash, and Solskjaer would be hoping that his French beast is on top of his game.

For Liverpool, their main man as always will be Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian's pace is going to be key against Manchester United's relatively slow defence. Salah so far has scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season, and he would be hoping to add to that tally on Sunday.

What really takes me by surprise is the fact that he has 7 assists to his name, which just tells you what he has added to his game from last season.

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