Manchester United vs Liverpool
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Thursday; March 17; 2016
Kick off: 20:05 GMT
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
The Theatre of Dreams will host the will play centre stage on Thursday evening as the English giants do battle in the last 16 of the Europa League, as Manchester United will face Liverpool.
After losing 2-0 in last Thursday’s first leg at Anfield, United must rediscover their big-game mentality and win by at least three goals in order to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Red Devils have been torn apart by fans, critics and former players this week but they showed character to come back from 1-0 down against West Ham United, and now they have to do the same against Jurgen Klopp’s man.
The Europa League is the only title hope left for Liverpool, who recently lost the Capital One Cup final to Manchester City but that penalty shootout defeat at Wembley appears to have galvanised them, given that they have since chalked up three consecutive wins in all competitions – including a comfortable 3-0 success over the Blues in the league.
As winning the Europa League seems to be only hope left for Klopp’s team, it could be considered more important that they progress into the next round, however, United will never lie down to fight with their bitter rivals.
Manchester United’s Premier League record: P29– W13– D8– L8
Liverpool’s Premier League record: P28– W12– D8– L8
Manchester United’s Recent form (All competitions): D-L-L-W-W
Liverpool’s Recent form (All competitions): W-W-W-L-W
Head to Head Stats:
IUC 10-03-2016 Liverpool 2 : 0 Manchester United
EPL 17-01-2016 Liverpool 0 : 1 Manchester United
EPL 12-09-2015 Manchester United 3 : 1 Liverpool
EPL 22-03-2015 Liverpool 1 : 2 Manchester United
EPL 14-12-2014 Manchester United 3 : 0 Liverpool
05-08-2014 Manchester United 3 : 1 Liverpool
Manchester United team news:
- The Red Devils can welcome back Jesse Lingard after he missed the first-leg through suspension. Marouane Fellaini is also available after escaping punishment for an altercation with Emre Can at Anfield. Juan Mata is also available after serving his one-match suspension against West Ham United on Sunday.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger is in line for his first start since the start of January after making cameo appearances from the bench in each of United’s last two matches.
- Marcus Rashford has found things tougher since bursting onto the scene with four goals in his first two appearances. It would be asking an awful lot of an 18-year-old to lead the line against Liverpool when you are 2-0 down from the first-leg.
- Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are back in training, but it isn’t known whether they will be fit in time to make the matchday squad.
Liverpool team news:
- Merseysiders have had a whole week to prepare for this fixture and Jurgen Klopp may stick with the same team that decimated Manchester United in the first-leg.
- James Milner has recovered from the illness that saw him miss the 2-0 win, but it’s unlikely to start here.
Manchester United predicted starting line-up: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Lingard, Fellaini, Mata, Martial.
Liverpool predicted starting line-up: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Henderson, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge.
• United’s record in three UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2:
L 5-4 A v Videoton FC (1984/85 UEFA Cup quarter-finals)
L 4-3 A v FC Torpedo Moskva (1992/93 UEFA Cup first round)
W 6-5 N v Chelsea FC (2007/08 UEFA Champions League final)
• Liverpool’s record in four UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W3 L1:
W 4-2 N v AS Roma (1983/84 European Champion Clubs’ Cup final)
W 3-2 N v AC Milan (2004/05 UEFA Champions League final)
W 4-1 H v Chelsea FC (2006/07 UEFA Champions League semi-finals)
L 5-4 A v Beşiktaş JK (2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 32)
Match facts (via Opta):
- United have won all of their UEFA home games against English sides; Liverpool have yet to win away against English opposition in a European fixture.
- Man Utd have won 9 of their last 10 home matches against Liverpool in all competitions.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Liverpool‘s last 11 games (UEFA Europa League).
- Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches (UEFA Europa League).
- Man Utd have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 home matches against Liverpool in all competitions.
- Man Utd have lost 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Europa League).
- Liverpool are undefeated in their last 9 matches (UEFA Europa League).
- Man Utd have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Europa League).
Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool