To get a feel about how the opposition feels ahead of the big match between Liverpool and Manchester United, I asked Colin Damms from The Busby Babe blog a few questions.
The Liverpool Offside: Manchester United are in first place this late in the season for the first time since Fergie retired. How’s that feel?
The Busby Babe: It feels good, but that comes with its own anxieties that I haven’t felt since then either. I’m nervous that it’ll collapse any moment, just because we haven’t maintained any sort of positive team building progress since Sir Alex, but it’s exciting being in that position again. More than anything I’ve missed games mattering as much as the hype for Sunday would indicate, and actually expecting United to be able to perform at a high level in games that matter. Hoping it can turn into a title race, but they need to start winning big games like this too.
TLO: What’s been the key to United’s away form this season?
TBB: I think the absence of fans has made road games less difficult, and certainly seems to have affected our home form earlier in the season. The team has also played really well in the second half of games, and I think they kind of tapped into their early road wins as a source of momentum when things seemed to be collapsing after the Champions League exit.
TLO: How will United line up on Sunday and how are you expecting the game to go?
TBB: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Bruno, Pogba; Rashford, Martial
Really have no clue what Ole is thinking for this one, but he does seem to like the Diamond a bit. Cavani also played the full game at Burnley, and I’m not sure starting him more than once a week is a good idea with his recent injury history.