We’ll be treated to one of the most famous derbies in English football when Manchester United face Liverpool on Sunday. United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is however under intense pressure and it is not a surprise. Solskjaer’s side have gone three league games without a win and they’re out of the League Cup. They were also 2-0 down against Atalanta on Wednesday night although they managed to stage a comeback win. Critics have however argued that the signs are there to see that Solksjaer’s time as manager should end soon. If Manchester United fail to get a favourable result against their bitter rivals, it could spell the beginning of the end for Solskjaer.
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While a loss could probably spell the end for Solskjaer, a win could also spark the beginning of good things as they face a tough run of games. United still have to play Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta, Man City, Villarreal, Chelsea, Arsenal over the coming weeks. If United manage to come away with good results, the pressure on Solskjaer might ease up. If the results are however poor, it would be a surprise if he’s still the manager by December.
THE PRESSURE IS ON SOLSKJAER
The signs are not looking good for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His team are 6th on the Premier League table and are already 5 points behind league leaders Chelsea. Their long unbeaten record away from home was brutally ended in a 4-2 loss at Leicester. It is United’s 2nd loss in just 3 Premier League names. In fact, Solskjaer’s team have only managed 1 point in their last 3 Premier League matches. They also crashed out of the League Cup at their very first round. The critics are very loud now and some fans are already calling for him to be sacked. The last thing Solksjaer needs is a visit from high-flying Liverpool and their in-form hitman Mohamed Salah.
In their last match against Atalanta in the Champions League, United were 2-0 down at half time. They however launched an impressive second half rally and turned the deficit into a 3-2 win. Paul Scholes has however warned that they would not be able to muster such a comeback if they played an opponent as strong as Liverpool. United manager Solskjaer will be hoping his team can carry their 2nd half performance from that game into the Liverpool game. Solskjaer will also be hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo’s later winner marks his return to form. Ronaldo has not scored in the League since his equalizer against West Ham in September.
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RED-HOT SALAH AND LIVERPOOL
While Manchester United may be struggling, Liverpool are flying high thanks to their talisman Mohamed Salah. Salah is in blistering form for the Reds this season. His brace against Atletico meant he’s now Liverpool’s highest goalscorer ever in the Champions League. The Egyptian also became the first Liverpool player to score in 9 consecutive matches. His manager Jurgen Klopp has lauded him as the best player in the World right now and it is hard to disagree. Salah has been instrumental for Liverpool’s Title push as they try to reclaim their lost Premier League crown.
A win against Manchester United at Old Trafford would not only please Liverpool fans, it would signal their intent to win the Premier League. United’s inconsistency this season presents the perfect opportunity for Klopp’s men to register a victory. Klopp and Liverpool will however be aware of the fact that in games like these, your form or your opponent’s form means nothing. With Liverpool only managing draws against Chelsea and Man City this season, they will be highly motivated to win this one.
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HEAD TO HEAD
Manchester United’s recent record against Liverpool is far from impressive. In their last 10 meetings, United have only won twice. However, Liverpool themselves have only won thrice within that same period. Both clubs have drawn the remaining 5 games in this period. United have not beaten Liverpool in the League since 2018 losing their last match 4-2 at Old Trafford. The Red Devils however did beat Liverpool 3-2 last season in the FA Cup.
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