North-West Derby: A Look at Liverpool and Manchester United Before they Collide on Monday Night

Liverpool will host Manchester United on Monday night in the first North-West Derby of the season.  Liverpool have started the season well and lay 4th in the table, only 2 points away from league leaders Manchester City.

Manchester United on the other hand have had an indifferent start to the campaign. They started the season really well however, the loss to Manchester City at the beginning of September hit the squad hard and they have struggled to find any real consistency since then. They are now currently 7 two points behind their Merseyside rivals.

Both sets of players won’t need any motivating prior to the game but depending on how fixtures pan out over the weekends, both teams will have the chance to climb further up the table.

Manchester United meanwhile, will be looking to climb back into the Champion’s League positions and draw a line under the last few weeks.

Manchester United  have started to improve over the last few weeks, but still seem to be unable to shake the problem of consistency after they drew 1-1 with relegation candidates Stoke City last time out.

Jose Mourhino does have the ability to set his team up to take points from teams in decent form, and with players like Rashford and Ibrahimovic leading the line Manchester United will always be a threat.

Mourhino and the Manchester United team know if they can derail the Liverpool form train and go above them with a win on Monday, any questions which I have aimed at the Old Tradfford outfit will be answered.

Liverpool will be hoping for a favour from their Merseyside rivals Everton as, if Manchester City lose at the Etihad on Saturday and other fixtures go Liverpool’s way, Jurgen Klopp’s men may be at the top of the table come the final whistle on Monday night.

The form table suggests that Liverpool are currently the form side in the division and you can see this, as they are playing some beautiful and fluent football.

The brilliance of Jurgen Klopp has given Liverpool a cutting edge and you can see the hunger and desire within the players, something they have lacked for the last few years. Even during their last big push for the title, you always got the feeling they lacked the ability to see it through.

For teams like Liverpool to really challenge for the title, you require the teams spine players to be on form.

Spine players control the forward movement within the team, they adapt and rotate depending on the pressure with the game. If the spine players are struggling for form, the rest of the team struggle to function which ultimately cost the team.

Liverpool spine players are Henderson, Coutinho, and James Milner. These three men, having been superb and with Klopp as the Brain within the Liverpool set up, could end up leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.

Overall, I believe it will be a tight game. I expect Manchester United to allow Liverpool to have the ball and play a similar way to how Jose Chelsea did the day the Title slipped away from Liverpool (apologies Liverpool fan’s for the pun). However, I think overall Manchester United will struggle with the creativity of  Liverpool  and the home side will walk away 3-1 winners on Monday night.

 

Venue: Anfield

Date & Time:  Monday 17th October 2016

Predicated line ups:

Liverpool

Karuis, Clyne, Milner, Matip, Lovern, Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

Manchester United: 

De Gea, Valencia, Blind, Smalling, Bailly, Pogba, Herrera, Lingard, Rashford, Mata, Ibrahimovic

 

photo credit: RuaraidhG <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/75354150@N06/29676137824″>The revamped Main Stand Anfield</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/”>(license)</a&gt;

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