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Manchester United vs Liverpool: 5-point preview

Aravind Ashok
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Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League
Mourinho has a terrible record against Klopp

The early kick-off on Saturday sees Manchester United welcome eternal rivals Liverpool to the Theater of Dreams. English football's biggest rivalry is set for its latest instalment with both teams keen to get one over the other.

The last three ties between them have all ended in draws, with David De Gea saving United's grace on more than one occasion. The last time Liverpool won at Old Trafford was in 2013-14 when the Luis Suarez-inspired Reds beat United 3-0.

United manager José Mourinho has won only one of his eight games against his counterpart Jurgen Klopp (D4 L3) and has taken only 0.88 points per game against him. That is his worst record against any manager whom he has faced at least three times.

However, this is a fixture where any sort of form and history needs to be thrown out of the window. There will be no shortage of motivation, as is always the case when these two meet.

On their day, Liverpool's attacking prowess can humiliate United's inconsistent side. However, Mourinho's tactical nous and experience of winning big games, especially at home, will make for a must-watch game for all football fans.

On that note, here are 5 things to look forward to when two giants of the English game clash at Old Trafford:


#5 Second place face-off

Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League
Liverpool v Manchester United: the biggest game in England

This is arguably the biggest match between the two in recent years with both clubs having fallen off their title-contending best of the past decades.

With Manchester City having all but sealed the title barring a massive collapse, all that is up for grabs in this match is bragging rights and 2nd place in the Premier League table. Whoever wins this match will also find it easier to finish within the top four this season.

A few months ago, United seemed to be well ahead of the pack in the race for second place. However, they have been inconsistent recently and have dropped unnecessary points and find themselves having to fend off the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea to even make it to the top four.

Mourinho recently said that there is no difference between second and fourth place. However, that was probably only an attempt to take some pressure off his squad before the game that could potentially decide who would be regarded as best of the rest of England.

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