The meeting between the two rivals was originally scheduled to take place on 2 May, however, it was abandoned after supporters stormed the pitch at Old Trafford in the wake of the Super League scandal. The postponement left United with an almighty fixture backlog and this will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s third game in just five days. For that reason, the head coach fielded a significantly weakened side last time out against Leicester, with the Foxes taking all three points.
That result had huge ramifications on the race for Champions League football, with Liverpool currently languishing in sixth. Jurgen Klopp’s side trail fourth-placed Chelsea by seven points but have two games in hand. Failure to take all three points from Old Trafford tonight, though, would leave the Reds’ hopes of a top-four finish all but in tatters. With United’s first-choice eleven well rested, however, that remains far from an easy task, with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all set to start. Follow all the action live below:
GOAL! MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 LIVERPOOL (FERNANDES 10’)
United lead! Pogba switches play over to the right and Rashford feeds the overlapping Wan-Bissaka. The full-back cuts the ball back from the byline and Fernandes digs out a shot with the outside of his right foot. It takes a big deflection off Phillips and beats Alisson.
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MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LIVERPOOL (6’)
Almost a howler from Alisson! Phillips puts him under pressure with a back pass and Cavani closes the goalkeeper down. His pass towards Williams is far too weak, gifting the ball to the United striker. But he can only drag his shot wide. Alisson’s blushes are spared.
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MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LIVERPOOL (5’)
Wan-Bissaka fires a cross towards the near post and Cavani attacks it, powering a header well wide.
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MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LIVERPOOL (4’)
Chance! Alexander-Arnold slides a pass into the path of Firmino, who surges into the box. He tries to square for Jota instead of shooting, but Bailly blocks. Liverpool claim handball, though there are appeals are ignored. And nothing comes of the game’s first corner.
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MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LIVERPOOL (2’)
The police helicopter hovering above the stadium is creating a slightly ominous atmosphere.
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The players emerge from the tunnel at Old Trafford…
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Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky Sports
“It was clear that we have to win the game eleven days ago, and eleven days later that doesn’t change. It’s still a really tough job. You see the lineup of United, top team, really good shape. It will be a proper football game. This game could happen on the moon and it would be great. One of the great games historically. Now we have to do the job. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Callum Rice-Coates13 May 2021 20:10
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to Sky Sports
“The boys have been focused, we reported a little bit earlier here but we’ve had meetings and pre-match meal as normal and we’re ready to play a game of football. You just have to see on the logos of the two teams what this means. My players are very focused.”
Callum Rice-Coates13 May 2021 20:08
Everton draw at Villa
It’s finished goalless in tonight’s other Premier League game…
Callum Rice-Coates13 May 2021 20:00