Manchester United is at risk of seeing the top three get away from them barely one third of the way through the new English Premier League season — unless it can beat Liverpool at home on Matchday 9.
The Red Devils are in seventh place (14 points), but they’re already eight points away from leaders Chelsea. A loss to third-place Liverpool (18 points) would also extend the gap between them and their Premier League rivals to seven points.
The match will also be a head-to-head between two of the most in-form superstars of the moment: Cristiano Ronaldo (six goals in eight matches) and Mohamed Salah (12 goals in 11 matches) have been the attacking forces of their respective teams, and the talk of the football world over the last two months.
Sporting News will follow the match live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they are available.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool live score
LIV – Naby Keita (Mo Salah) – 5th min.
LIVE – Diogo Jota (Trent Alexander-Arnold) – 13th min.
(All times Eastern)
23rd min.: Another blast from a United player. This time it’s Luke Shaw and it goes wide right.
19th min.: Man United is pushing hard and it’s Cristiano Ronaldo who skies his shot. Liverpool is sharp, Man United depending on solo efforts so far.
13th min.: Another Liverpool goal! Diogo Jota with the sliding finish on the cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
10th min.: Liverpool gives away the ball in its own end and Marcus Rashford nearly makes them pay. Ball is off target.
9th min.: Mo Salah dangerous again but he can’t get his shot on target.
5th min.: Goal Liverpool! Fantastic move and great runs by the attacking players. Mo Salah makes the cross-field run, gets the pass and then feeds a wide-open Naby Keita who slots home easily. It’s another goal for the oft-criticized Keita.
11:21 a.m.: A taste of the atmosphere inside Old Trafford, from a Liverpool perspective:
11:11 a.m.: Jurgen Klopp looking to set records of his own:
📊 Jurgen Klopp is looking to become the 1st Liverpool manager to go 7 League games unbeaten against Man Utd
Liverpool start with Diogo Jota, Firmino & Salah, who all scored in the 4-2 PL win at Old Trafford on May 13 pic.twitter.com/g4PzqiaJOV
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) October 24, 2021
10:11 a.m.: The most important stat of them all.
📊 STAT: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League matches against teams with ‘United’ in their name. Avoiding defeat today would make it the joint-longest run in the history of the Football League. #awlive [lfc] pic.twitter.com/haXvv5zXp8
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) October 24, 2021
Manchester United vs. Liverpool: Starting lineups
So much for the alarms that Solskjaer put out there ahead of the match. It turns out that Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Marcus Rashford are well enough from their midweek Champions League knocks to start again. It’s the same lineup that faced Atalanta, and Paul Pogba is on the bench. Center back Raphael Varane is still out with the groin issue.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-David de Gea-GK — 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 2-Victor Lindelof, 5-Harry Maguire (c), 23-Luke Shaw — 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay — 11-Mason Greenwood, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford — 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United subs: 26-Dean Henderson-GK, 3-Eric Bailly, 20-Diogo Dalot, 34-Donny van de Beek, 31-Nemanja Matic, 6-Paul Pogba, 14-Jesse Lingard, 25-Jadon Sancho, 21-Edinson Cavani
Liverpool won’t have central midfielder Fabinho for the game, and Curtis Jones starts on the bench. So it’ll be James Milner and Naby Keita in their place. Diogo Jota is in the lineup as Sadio Mane gets rest; so goes Joel Matip as Ibrahima Konate takes his place. Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Thiago Alcantara (calf) are still out.
Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3 left to right): 1-Alisson — 26-Andrew Robertson, 4-Virgil Van Dijk, 5-Ibrahima Konate, 66-Trent Alexander-Arnold — 8-Naby Keita, 14-Jordan Henderson, 7-James Milner — 9-Roberto Firmino, 20 Diogo Jota, 11 Mohamed Salah
Liverpool subs (9): 13-Adrian-GK, 21-Konstantinos Tsimikas, 32-Joel Matip, 12-Joe Gomez, 15-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17-Curtis Jones, 18-Takumi Minamino, 10-Sadio Mane, 27-Divock Origi
How to watch Manchester United vs. Liverpool
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 24
- Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
- TV Channel: NBCSN
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo
- Streaming: fuboTV
The match will air live in English and Spanish in the USA. NBCSN (English) and Telemundo (Spanish) will air the game and both channels are available to stream on fuboTV.
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Manchester United vs. Liverpool: Betting tips & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Pick: Liverpool over 5.5 shots on target -115
Picking a side is tricky in this spot. Liverpool is clearly the better side at the moment, but Man United is known to come up with great performances when the Red Devils have their backs to the wall. So playing a team prop is the alternative chosen here.
Entering Matchday 9, Liverpool has scored the most goals and generated the most shots on goal of any team in the Premier League. It’s no surprise why: In addition to Salah, its attacking players have been in strong form. They will face a Man United team that has allowed the 10th most shots on target in the league (34) with the third highest shots on target percentage allowed (34.7 %), per FBref.
In the 12 matches played across all competitions, Liverpool has only failed to get six or more shots on goal on five occasions: Two of those came against Norwich City, and the other three happened in the most evenly contested matchups of the season: at Brentford (4), vs. Manchester City (3) and at Atletico Madrid (5).
Given how porous Man United has shown itself to be — only one shutout in 12 matches — and especially without its top defensive signing Raphael Varane, the over 5.5 shots on target for Liverpool at -115 makes for an interesting play.
Prediction: Manchester United 1, Liverpool 2
- Moneyline: Manchester United +200 / Draw +265 / Liverpool +130
- Spread: Manchester United +0.5 (-145) / Liverpool -0.5 (+130)
- O/U 2.5 total goals : Over -200 / Under +160
- Both Teams To Score: Yes -245 / No +185