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Manchester United vs Liverpool: 11/2 Pogba to put Reds under cosh

Manchester United vs Liverpool Match Preview and Predictions

Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool face arguably the toughest test of their run-in when they go to bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Jurgen Klopp's men hold the bragging rights after a 3-1 victory in December but much has changed at United since then and they will be keen to get revenge and dent Liverpool's title hopes.

The defeat at Anfield proved to be Jose Mourinho's final game in charge but United are now the Premier League's form team under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Match information

When is it? Sunday 24th February

What time is kick-off? 14:05

Where is it being played? Old Trafford

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Michael Oliver

Manchester United vs Liverpool Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Sunday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Liverpool are well aware that United are now a very different proposition since Solskjaer took the reins at Old Trafford as their attention quickly switches back to domestic matters.

The Reds could only manage a goalless draw at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday night and the big games are coming thick and fast.

Looking ahead to the short trip to United, Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson said: "Another huge game. I think it will be a bit of a different game than when we faced them last time.

"Obviously there was a lot going on at the club at that time and it ended up being their manager's last game, but under this new manager they have picked up and are a very different team, especially at home, and it will be a tough task.

"We need to bring our 'A' game and if we can do that then hopefully it will be enough to win."

United have taken 25 points from nine matches since the teams last met, yet they are still the 2/1 underdogs for victory on Sunday.

The 2-0 loss to PSG in the Champions League proved there are still improvements to be made and the first of our Manchester United vs Liverpool predictions is a draw at 5/2.

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First goalscorer tips

Paul Pogba continued his transformation under Solskjaer with another goal against Chelsea on Monday.

His header from Marcus Rashford's cross made it nine goals in his last 11 appearances and given that he is also United's first-choice penalty-taker, Pogba appeals at 11/2 in the first goalscorer odds.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Xherdan Shaqiri was Liverpool's match-winner in this fixture in December, coming off the bench to grab a second-half brace.

All six of his Liverpool goals this season have come in the second half and given that we expect the visitors to be chasing the game, as we explain below, we'll take Shaqiri to come to the rescue at 23/10 in the anytime goalscorer betting.

Feature previews

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Where the game will be won or lost

United's Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after their defeat by PSG but Solskjaer has already proved himself in some big domestic games since taking charge.

A favourable run of fixtures allowed him to build some momentum before FA Cup wins at Arsenal and Chelsea, plus victory in the Premier League against Tottenham, highlighted how much United were underachieving with Mourinho as manager.

United eased to a 2-0 win at Chelsea on Monday and defender Ashley Young said: "It gives us all massive belief. Obviously you will get confidence from winning games and that's exactly what we have done.

"We beat Spurs away, and Arsenal away and now Chelsea away. We knew it would be tough, we had to be on the front foot and we knew we would have to defend but it's a fantastic result for us."

Three draws and a home win apiece in the last five meetings also suggest this should be a close contest and while United have looked more solid in defence recently, Liverpool have not looked their fluent best going forward.

They have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four away games and for punters looking for bigger odds, back a 1-1 draw at 13/2 in the correct score betting.

Fast starts have been a noticeable aspect of United's game and we had yet another winner in the half-time/full-time betting on Monday after backing United to be leading at both at 19/4.

Clearly we won't be backing the same bet this weekend but we'll take 23/20 for United to score the first goal as the last of our Manchester United vs Liverpool betting tips.

Team news

Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could return for United on Sunday. The duo were expected to be out until early March with injuries sustained against PSG, but both may be available for Liverpool's visit, with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more optimistic about Martial (groin) than Lingard (hamstring). David De Gea is set to return in goal after Sergio Romero started Monday's FA Cup win at Chelsea. Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are still fighting their way back from injury.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk will return from European suspension having sat out the goalless Champions League draw with Bayern Munich in midweek but is back to bolster a back-line missing Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Joe Gomez (broken leg). Rhian Brewster (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) are both making progress after long-term injuries but neither is in contention to return this weekend.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Manchester United's limitations were exposed by PSG in the Champions League and Liverpool have the attacking quality to also pick holes in the home defence to earn a vital win in the title race.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football