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Premier League: Manchester United vs Liverpool F.C. | 23 August, 3 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

MANCHESTER UNITED 

G | de Gea 

FB | Diogo Dalot 

CB | Raphaël Varane, Lisandro Martínez 

LB | Tyrell Malacia 

MF | Frederico Santos, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes 

W | Jadon Sancho 

F | Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford 

 

LIVERPOOL F.C.: 

G | Alisson Becker 

RB | Trent Alexander-Arnold 

CB | Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk 

LB | Andrew Robertson 

MF | Fabinho, Naby Keïta, Jordan Henderson 

F | Mohamed Salah 

W | Luis Díaz 

A MF | Roberto Firmino 

 

 

Two bitter old rivals face each other for the first time this season in the English Premier League— it’s Manchester United versus Liverpool FC. With Liverpool stale with two draws, Man U suffering two losses, and a seething dislike for one another, it’s both a game of football and egos. Scheduled at the Old Trafford in Manchester this Tuesday, August 23, it’s the Red Devils against the Reds.  

Erik ten Hag, Manchester’s coach, was well aware of the size of the challenge waiting for him at Old Trafford when he took the position in May. Now, however, the situation with the Red Devils’ struggles has become more apparent in real-time, even in such early stages. After finishing the ‘21-’21 season sixth, Man United started their ‘22-’23 Premier League campaign with a home defeat to Brighton and then unexpectedly undergoing an agonizing 4-0 defeat in the hands of Brentford. Starting the season with two defeats, in conjunction with poor goal difference, is definitely a bad omen and has left them at the bottom of the league, only to be saved from 20th place by West Ham with three losses. The pressure is on for the Red Devils’ coach as he needs to rebuild the team quickly. 

As of late, Liverpool has been able to claim a point in the 2-2 draw against Fulham in their opening week of the campaign, as well as concede first against Crystal Palace last Monday. When looking at the last season’s standings of the Premier League, Liverpool missed out on the title by just one point from Man City, despite taking them all the way to the finals. To the dismay of the fans, they had also lost the Champions League to Real Madrid; however, they were able to win an FA Cup and EFL Cup double last term, beating Chelsea to the punch. This upcoming match is hoping to give Liverpool the needed confidence boost they need in the Premier League to move up the ranks and hopefully succeed in what they were unable to do last season.  

Liverpool will undoubtedly have a strong attitude going into this game, and we may very well see the favorites heading into Monday's encounter. It would certainly not be a surprise to see these giants score a hefty amount of goals against their opponents. However, having the home crowd advantage, Man United is very much up to the challenge against Liverpool with a little bit of caution in how they play out this game. Erik ten Hag has been preparing the team for this match, and overall, it is looking to be a draw between the two teams this Tuesday at the Old Trafford Stadium.  

 

3 AM (PST), 23 August 2022. Old Trafford, Manchester. 

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