This Sunday, the two most successful clubs in English football history play their 54th Premier League match against one another. Liverpool travel to Stretford in Manchester to take on a resurgent United at Old Trafford. Having won the reverse fixture 3 – 1 in December, Liverpool will be looking to do the double for the first time since the 2013-14 season whilst United will hope to maintain their nine-match unbeaten run they’ve been on since losing to Liverpool. José Mourinho was of course sacked after the loss at Anfield and subsequently replaced by United old boy Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has been appointed as the caretaker manager until the end of the season.
The two Red clubs are currently separated by 14 points on the Premier League table, with this being the first time since October 1996 that Liverpool are as high as second place when visiting Old Trafford as they look set to finish above the Mancs for only the third time in the last six seasons.
Manchester United’s Premier League Form
Games: 26 | Wins: 15 | Draws: 6 | Losses: 5
Manchester United are on top of the Premier League form table for 2019 with eight wins, one draw and least amount of goals conceded. Having gained 25 points from a possible 27 since the start of January, they are the only unbeaten team in the EPL for 2019.
As always, David de Gea’s performance has been integral to the Mancs’ success and the Spaniard has saved 84% of the shots he has faced since Solskjær took over the side. Paul Pogba is Man United’s top scorer with 11 goals this season and has made the most assists with eight and under Ole’s management, Marcus Rashford and Pogba have collectively scored 14 goals and created 12 chances for each other as opposed to the mere two they created during Mourinho’s time at the club.
Manchester United vs Liverpool: Premier League Head to Head
Played: 53 | MUN: 22 Wins | Draws: 21 | LIV: 14 Wins
29 years – That’s how long it has been since Liverpool won a league title. And, in those 29 years, Manchester United have won the Premier League a total of 13 times. Meanwhile, Liverpool have only finished above United a total of four times since their last title win.
Jürgen Klopp looks set to finish above Manchester United for the second season and would be the first Liverpool manager to do that since Sir Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool’s win over United in December was their first in nine attempts in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s Premier League Form
Games: 26 | Wins: 20 | Draws: 5 | Losses: 1
After 20 games unbeaten in the League, Liverpool suffered the first defeat of the season on 3 January 2019 after losing 2 – 1 to Manchester City. The Merseyside Reds are currently third on the 2019 PL form table with seven wins and two draws, having gained 23 points from a possible 27 and Alisson has had a 64% save ratio during that time.
Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer with 17 goals (7 assists) for the season thus far, and is currently tied in first place for the EPL top scorer alongside hattrick hero Sergio Aguero. Together with Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino have scored 38 goals this season.
Should Salah score on Sunday, he will become the fastest player to reach 50 Premier League goals for a single club – doing so in just 63 league appearances. If he does manage to reach this feat on Sunday, he will smash Alan Shearer’s record of 50 goals in 66 appearances which he made for Blackburn. Liverpool’s previous fastest player to reach 50 PL goals for them was Fernando Torres who did it in 72 games in 2009.
Here’s to Liverpool taking all three points at Old Trafford on Sunday and to Mo Salah sealing his 50 in the fastest timeframe!