Manchester United return to Premier League action on Sunday when we welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford, hoping to continue our unbeaten record in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
First-half headers from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba helped us progress to the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup on Monday night, and a win in the league against Jurgen Klopp’s team will make it 11 victories from just 13 games since Solskjaer became caretaker manager.
We moved into the top four by beating Fulham 3-0 away from home in our last league outing, and another three points this weekend would help us consolidate a place in the Champions League qualification spots.
Solskjaer confirmed in his exclusive MUTV interview on Friday that Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have a chance of returning for Sunday’s game after missing Monday’s FA Cup win at Chelsea with the injuries they sustained in our Champions League defeat against Paris St-Germain. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian have also been absent through injury in recent weeks, while Marcos Rojo has been training in recent weeks but hasn’t played since 12 December due to injury.
Liverpool are likely to be without Dejan Lovren at Old Trafford. The Croatian defender missed the Anfield outfit’s draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. When speaking before that game about Lovren’s chances of playing against United, Jurgen Klopp said: “I don’t think he even has a chance.” However, the Liverpool manager can call upon the services of Virgil Van Dijk again, with suspension having ruled the defender out of their European tie against Bayern. England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training for Liverpool but is not yet match fit. Another long-term injury absentee, Joe Gomez, will also not be playing for the visitors, with the 21-year-old still recovering from a fractured leg.
United have met Liverpool on 201 previous occasions, dating back to 1894. We have won 80 games, with Liverpool emerging victors 66 times. The last of those matches came back in December, where Liverpool won 3-1, in what was the final game before Ole became caretaker manager. However, we have enjoyed the better of the majority of the encounters between the sides in the Premier League, winning 28 times, and losing just 14. Our record at home against our rivals is also particularly impressive, having won 49 of the 95 games played. The most recent of which was a 2-1 triumph last season.