Manchester United, Liverpool Super Sunday cracker: A litmus test?


Manchester United versus Liverpool is a big, big game and Liverpool are going really well; so are United.
The duo is scheduled for a showdown clash on Sunday while the league leader Liverpool will be guess  to the Red Devil at Old Trafford  in what appears as a litmus test for both club.
United suffered a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the season, with that result spelling the end for Jose Mourinho as he was relieved of his managerial duties.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as his successor in an interim role and has taken in 11 wins, one draw and a solitary defeat across his 13 games at the helm.
The most recent of those outings came against Chelsea in the FA Cup, with the Red Devils heading into a clash with Liverpool buoyed by a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge and a place in the quarter-finals
Manchester United will try to dent Liverpool’s bid for a long awaited  Premier League title when they visit Old Trafford on Renault Super Sunday.
United’s own title challenge failed to get off the ground this term but, with Liverpool and Manchester City still to visit Old Trafford, they could have a huge say in where the trophy ends up in May.
Solskjaer has exceeded expectations during his interim period in charge of United, and a victory over title-chasing Liverpool would further strengthen his claim for the role on a permanent basis.
Solskjaer has only faced Liverpool once as a manager, and he’ll be keen to avoid a repeat of that result in Sunday’s meeting at Old Trafford.
Cast your minds back to March 2014. Liverpool’s title challenge has gathered pace with a crushing 3-0 victory away at defending champions Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that defender Dejan Lovren is unlikely to play against Manchester United at the weekend, after missing Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Liverpool were without Lovren and the suspended Virgil Van Dijk for the visit of Bayern, meaning midfielder Fabinho had to drop back into defence alongside fourth-choice centre-back Joel Matip.
Klopp confirmed Lovren is a major doubt for the trip to Old Trafford to face United on Sunday, adding to the long-term absence of Joe Gomez.
Before Liverpool’s game against Bayern, Klopp said Lovren was never really in contention to feature against the Germans.
He said: “There was not a real doubt, to be honest.
“It was not mind games but Dejan had no chance for the game today actually, I don’t think he even has a chance for the next game. He will take his time.
“It was clear Fabinho and Joel have to play tonight, so we trained it – we tried everything – and now hopefully the boys are ready.”
With Van Dijk expected to return to face United, Klopp will have to choose whether to play Matip or Fabinho at Old Trafford.

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