Manchester United and Liverpool have unveiled their starting lineups for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
With both sides eyeing up the runners-up spot behind Man City in the table, there is a little more than pride on the line. Nonetheless, this is a fixture that rarely needs any buildup – even if the latest offerings haven’t quite lived up to the hype.
For Man United, Jose Mourinho has a number of injury absences, limiting his options. The big news is that Paul Pogba has been ruled out, having pulled up in training on Friday. The French midfielder was unable to finish the session, and could now face a race to be fit for next week’s Champions League clash with Sevilla.
Three changes to #MUFC‘s starting XI for today’s game v Liverpool…
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Anthony Martial also misses out, although it his hoped that he, too, will return in midweek. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also on the treatment table for the time being. Marcus Rashford makes his first start in the league since December, while Eric Bailly comes in for Victor Lindelof in the centre of defence.
For Liverpool, meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has virtually a clean bill of health in terms of his squad.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 10, 2018
Having been rested for the Champions League clash with Porto in midweek, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Mo Salah all return to the starting lineup as Jurgen Klopp looks to maintain his relatively strong record against Mourinho.
The manager had a conundrum to pick in midfield, with a number of fit options available, but has opted for the trio of Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner.