Manchester United will look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League as they travel to Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side climbed to first place with a midweek victory over Burnley and could extend their lead if they win on Sunday afternoon.
United are winless in their last four Premier League games against Liverpool (D2 L2), their longest winless streak against rivals since a streak of five between March 2000 and January 2002.
As for the first team news, Amad Diallo could be in line for a role on the Team of the Day, but Phil Jones and Brandon Williams have both been left out.
Here’s how the writers at MEN think United should line up.
It all depends on what United’s result at Anfield this weekend, but Solskjaer would be wise to stick with his proven setup, even if a more defensive option is available.
United moved down to three at the back for most of the big games last season, but the current four backs are all playing well and deserve a chance against the best in Europe.
Matic would be an understandable selection in midfield, but Fred and McTominay remain unmatched as a partnership, while Pogba is better on the left than in a diamond.
Rashford on the wing, but I would choose Martial over Cavani if he was fit, simply because of his pace against a back line that allowed the push.
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Solskjaer has a few tactical options for Sunday, like moving to a three-full-back or going for a diamond midfielder, but the 4-2-3-1 has worked well recently and he should stick with it.
There might be a temptation to bring Lindelof back on defense, but the Bailly and Maguire partnership has worked well lately and he deserves his toughest test yet. The full-backs are chosen for the moment.
In midfield, the dynamism and energy of Fred and McTominay is a must at Anfield, while Fernandes is the first name on the squad sheet. However, Pogba’s form means he would have to start as well and the easiest solution could be a left-wing role for the World Cup winner. Rashford and Cavani can complete the top three.