By Mark Weasley
A tactical masterclass is expected to be on show when Manchester United travel to Liverpool in what is our biggest test of the Premier League season so far. We have been imperious all season and travel to Anfield to take on a Liverpool side lacking in confidence but always turn up in the big games on form and paper, United are expected to win but Jurgen Klopp has an edge on Jose Mourinho all through their managerial battles from Dortmund to Real Madrid to Chelsea. It will be a different ball game when we take to the pitch on the hallowed turf at Anfield.
The likes of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are out of the game but that gives last season’s Player of the Season, Ander Herrera who has struggled to make a mark on the team this season. The defence has been phenomenal, as the likes of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have held themselves high. Our style is what may determine whether we win or not. Last season we played a cautious game to negate Liverpool who had scored in all their matches prior to that game.
Should we decide to play gung-ho football that has served us well all season, Liverpool’s high-pressing game could force us back and with no Pogba to drive from box to box, we could get outnumbered in the middle of the park as Klopp favours a three man midfield.
To win the game also, our defence must be focused to deal with the threat of Liverpool’s band of attacking threats ranging from Coutinho, Firmino and Salah.
We have kept 6 clean sheets already this season, as our goalkeeper, David de Gea has been in top shape. The question of who to start between Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford must also be dealt with as both men have been in exceptional form, which means that all over the pitch, questions must be answered. Be it pragmatism, attacking, counter attacking or ultra defensive, Mourinho is the king of the tactics. We may be surprised at what he will throw at Jurgen Klopp.