Euro 2020 Special
 

Premier League: United and Liverpool Renew Their Hostilities

Manchester United vs Liverpool

The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool has always been a staple here in the Premier League. And after a week-long delay, these two giants will go head-to-head for the final time this term.

Manchester United were scheduled to host Liverpool last May 2. However, the game was called off due to the fan protests that took place in Old Trafford.

Several Red Devils supporters managed to gain entry into the stadium and they made their sentiments heard against the Glazer family because of their part in the failed Super League as well as their inability to create a championship-calibre roster.

Manchester United and Liverpool may have gotten some time to rest their players. But as a consequence, both teams will have to play two fixtures in three days.

Prior to Thursday, Manchester United have a big match tomorrow against Leicester City, while Liverpool fly to West Brom just two days after this fixture.

As we’re winding down the 2020/21 season, expect both of these teams to go hard especially since pride is on the line in this high-profile matchup.

Read on below as SBOTOP takes a look on how these bitter rivals stack up on Thursday night.

Talking Points

Edinson Cavani carrying the load for Manchester United

Edinson Cavani made headlines when the Premier League 2021 news broke about his new contract with Manchester United.

The Uruguayan striker signed a one-year extension with the Red Devils, ending all speculation on where he’ll play for 2022.

Such signing couldn’t come at a better time for him and the Red Devils since he has been playing out of his mind as of late.

El Matador has tallied eight goals and three assists in his last seven games, leading Manchester United to five wins, one loss, and one draw in that span. Overall, he has scored 15 goals this season.

Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani emerges as a threat to Liverpool as they encounter them in their final Premier League clash
Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring Manchester United’s third goal against Aston Villa at Villa Park

Cavani has been instrumental to Manchester United’s campaign since he adds a whole lot to their firepower.

Initially, he played as a subsitute behind Anthony Martial. But with the Frenchman injured, Cavani has cemented his role as their starting striker that meshes well with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, and Paul Pogba.

The 34-year-old is playing with the form of his life, and slowing him down will be an utmost priority if you’re Liverpool.

Liverpool need Thiago Alcantara’s quality

Thiago Alcantara looks to repay Jurgen Klopp’s trust in him in this upcoming matchup against the Red Devils.

The Spaniard has yet to live up to his promise upon signing with the team last summer, which is why Liverpool fans were relieved when he scored his first goal of the season last Friday.

With the Reds leading by one goal, they were able to clinch the game when Thiago curled home a shot at the bottom corner in the 90th minute after receiving a nifty pass from Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool may need a similar performance like that if they are to keep their Champions League dreams alive.

Recent draws against Leeds United and Newcastle have held them back, and they are keen to extend their win streak to two games on Thursday.

History

This Thursday will mark the 176th meeting between these two sides.

Liverpool have had the better of Manchester United in recent occasions, losing just once in their last nine top-flight matches and an ongoing five-game unbeaten run – which is their longest since their streak from December 1989 to October 1992 (7 games).

Manchester United, however, did record a victory in their previous meeting at the fourth round of the FA Cup – scoring a 3-2 win at Old Trafford last January.

Liverpool have only won once in their last 15 visits to Old Trafford and they are winless in their last eight since 2014.