Makeshift Midfield For Mourinho: Manchester United’s Predicted XI to Face Liverpool

By timgarrett IN General,Lineup,Premier League - 09:15 Oct 14th 2017

LIVERPOOL v MAN UTD

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Manchester United may be flying high in the Premier League after a season opening laced with emphatic 4-0 victories, but come Saturday lunchtime none of that will matter. Players and managers may come and go, but the rivalry between United and Liverpool remains as fierce as ever, and both sets of fans will be desperate to claim bragging rights in this season’s first meeting between two of English football’s superpowers.

United have claimed victories in 2 of their last 3 Premier League visits to Anfield, and they will be coming up against a side who have won just 1 of their last 4 domestic outings. An opportunity, then, to claim a highly coveted 3 points for Jose Mourinho’s side, but the Portuguese manager will have to get his team selection right to get the job done. This is the XI we expect him to go with:

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MAN UTD LINE-UP
v LIVERPOOL - ANFIELD, 14 Oct 2017, 12:30
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
de Gea
90%
000 / 0
Antonio Va
70%
102 / 0
Bailly
70%
102 / 0
Jones
70%
000 / 0
Young
47%
022 / 0
Herrera
35%
001 / 0
Mata
64%
100 / 0
Mata
64%
100 / 0
Mkhitaryan
79%
251 / 0
Rashford
63%
540 / 0
Lukaku
90%
1011 / 0
Totals21129 / 0

Phil Jones missed England’s trip to Lithuania last weekend, but looks set to return to the United side here. He has struck a strong partnership with Eric Bailly, with the pair coming out victorious in 9 of the 11 games they’ve started together previously.

With Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick all out with injury, options are limited in midfield for Mourinho. Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matić will provide plenty of Premier League knowhow, however, with over 250 starts in the division between them.

Further forward, United’s options are far more plentiful. The electric Marcus Rashford looks set to be preferred to Anthony Martial, and his combination play with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku will be key. When those 3 players have started together, United have never lost.

Overall, this is a United team that looks more than capable of claiming another vital victory here. 3 points would set down a marker once more, and in Mourinho they have a manager who knows how rouse his troops for the big games. With huge odds of 40/1 available to new Betfair customers on a United win, they look like the team to back.

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