We are in for a treat this Saturday lunchtime as Jose Mourinho takes his Man United troops to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as one of the biggest rivalries in British football reunites.
It’s hard to back against United after their superb start to the season, picking up 19 points from the first 21 available, but this is their first real test in the League.
Liverpool haven’t exactly been flying but tend to raise their game for these types of encounters.
However, The Reds haven’t beaten United in their last six League meetings, losing on three of the last five times at Anfield.
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Liverpool have suffered a hammer blow this week with Sadio Mane ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty.
Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are still out with thigh and back issues respectively.
For United, Marouane Fellaini injured his knee on international duty so he is out, and his countryman Romelu Lukaku picked up an ankle knock so it’s not yet know if he will start.
The Red Devils are still without Paul Pogba after he injured his hamstring last month, Phil Jones is a doubt after withdrawing from England duty, and Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are still out.
While his possible knock is a slight concern, Lukaku could score if you put him in the Crystal Palace team right now, and if the Belgian nets on Saturday he will set a United club record of eight in his first eight Premier League appearances.
He’s been banging them in for fun so I like the look of 4/1 for the former Everton man to score first, especially as he’ll be coming up against Dejan Lovren.
If that does happen there’s a great chance United will win because they don’t concede many and Liverpool will really miss Mane.
I fancy it to be a tight start to the game with United prevailing in the second half.
Ashley Young has been playing at left-back for Mourinho’s men and doing a good job but he will need to be really on his game when facing Mo Salah on Saturday lunchtime.
I can’t say I have ever backed anything on the First Player Booked market but considering Young’s opponent on Saturday and that the former Villa man has been known to do his best Tom Daley impressions on the pitch in the past, 12/1 really spoke to me.
Liverpool v Man United Betting Tips
Romelu Lukaku FGS – 4/1 (Unibet – bet HERE)
Draw HT United FT – 11/2 (Betfair – bet HERE)
Ashley Young First Player Booked – 12/1 (Bet Victor – bet HERE)
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