I’m Looking forward to the weekend, Manchester United travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. Come Sunday the team will need to be in top form with Liverpool scoring 3 in their draw with Arsenal. As you may recall United have been in better attacking form, coming at the cost of the defense. Many of us have been hoping to see some news regarding Fellaini being sold, or even just seeing some news about how he will be at least starting out on the bench and not in the first XI. Sadly I have yet to see any news about this, which sadly has me believing that van Gaal is still planning on starting him.
Man Utd Starting XI
In a 4-2-3-1 Formation I predict that van Gaal will have De Gea Darmain Smalling Blind Borthwick-Jackson Fellaini Schneiderlin Mata Herrera Martial Rooney. But rather that I’m sure that many of you like me would rather see something such as in a 4-2-3-1 as well. I wish that van Gaal would let us see De Gea Varela Smalling Blind Darmian Schneiderlin Herrera Martial Mata Memphis Rooney.
Playing Varela as the right back against Liverpool is a must. They attack with pace from their left, our right, and as proven Darmian does not have the most pace about him, so bringing in Varela would prove to give us a better defense against their best attacking threats, especially with Martial tracking back to help. On the other side we have Darmian who is the better defender of the two, and will need to be when Memphis rarely tracks back.
If Memphis doesn’t play and Januzaj can, I would love Januzaj in front of Varela (the two built some amazing chemistry in the youth set up since Varela was bought), and Martial in front of Darmian to protect him with some pace. In the center of the park Ander and Morgan give what has been wanted in the center for years.
The defensive prowess of Morgan combined with the attacking of Ander make a wonderful midfield pair, with both having an eye for both a tackle and an incisive pass. The attacking three with Martial, Mata and Memphis bring up pace, a desire to take one on, and combined with the great vision of Mata can really help out supply the newly found form of Rooney to finish the ball like his old self. Lingard will surely start amongst the substitutes due to his poor performance and the missed shot he had against Newcastle United.
Key Matchups to Watch
Roberto Firmino vs. Daley Blind and Chris Smalling:
Assuming Klopp plays a similar eleven against us as he did against Arsenal Firmino will have a much harder matchup as the lone striker. Against Arsenal he could use his pace to sneak through gaps between Mertesacker and Koscielny, neither of which posses the pace of Smalling or Blind.
Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial vs. Liverpool’s defense:
As seen in the reverse fixture this season, the speed of Martial can torment a defense, with his first appearance for the club coming against Liverpool and scoring a magnificent solo effort goal in front of the Stretford End. It will be a large task for Clyne to see if he can slow down Martial. More towards the center there is a battle sure to be fought between Rooney and the center backs of choice for Klopp. Against Arsenal Klopp sent out an aging Kolo Toure paired next to Mamadou Sakho. Rooney will surely try to play closer to the aging Toure with whom he can out pace and find space behind, as well as combine swell with Martial to get behind Clyne and attempt to recreate the goal he scored at Old Trafford.
Morgan Schneiderlin vs. James Milner:
The name James Milner is one United fans are fairly common of, when he played for cross-town rivals City. Milner has been an important cog in the center of the park for Liverpool and it will be interesting to see how the battle between he and Schneiderlin ensues.
Manchester United 3 – 1 Liverpool
Manchester United goals by: Martial Rooney Smalling
Liverpool goal by: Firmino
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