Manchester United vs Liverpool: Projected starting lineups

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Projected starting lineups

Manchester United vs Liverpool is always a big clash in world football, but this one is even bigger as both have yet to win in the Premier League.

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The two heavyweights struggled from the start, with United losing both games and Erik ten Hag already under serious pressure after the shocking nature of the 4-0 defeat at Brentford in the final match.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have drawn their first two games of the season and, amid accumulating injuries and some defensive problems, the Premier League title contenders need to start the season with a big win against their rivals.


Below is a look at the projected lineups for Manchester United vs Liverpool, with some tactical analysis of both.

Manchester United projection (3-4-2-1)

—– From Gea —–

— Varane — Maguire — Martinez —

— Dalot — Fred — McTominay — Malacia —

—- Eriksen —- Fernandes —-

—– Ronaldo —–

Look, Erik ten Hag is a man who likes to keep his philosophy and way of playing defense in a 4-3-3 system. But I think, given Liverpool’s prowess as a high-pressure juggernaut, that all has to go out the window for this particular game. ETH probably knows this too. That’s why I see United going with three centre-backs, who essentially become five in defence.

Varane, Maguire and Martinez could work well as a three and that would give Martinez more protection after his rough start in the Premier League. Off the field it’s the face of the coin between Malacia and Shaw, but the latter seems to be lacking in fitness and confidence so I would stick with Malacia from the start. In midfield, Fred and McTominay will provide the necessary bite if United play what is essential in a 3-6-1 formation. Eriksen and Fernandes ahead of them will help them keep the ball, while at the top I expect Cristiano Ronaldo to start, given his penchant for getting incredible moments in big games. Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho could be sacrificed as United must opt ​​for a more pragmatic approach. Erik ten Hag can keep his guns and play an offensive 4-3-3, but I think he would be foolish to do that from the start. United’s goal should be to get to the 60-minute level and then they can play more cautiously into the wind.

Liverpool projection (4-3-3)

—– Allison —–

— Alexander-Arnold — Gomez — Van Dijk — Robertson —

— Henderson — Fabinho — Milner —

—- Salah —- Firmino —- Diaz —-

Well, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have many options with nine injuries and a suspension for Darwin Nunez devastating his team. The four defenders choose alone and I would bring Joe Gomez to Nat Phillips after the latter made a bad mistake allowing Wilfried Zaha to score last time. In midfield, the trio Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and James Milner have plenty of experience to dominate this area, while Naby Keita could come off the bench when he returns from injury and illness. At the top, the only change is Roberto Firmino joining the suspended Nunez. If Firmino isn’t fully fit when he just got back, maybe Klopp will start with Harvey Elliott or Fabio Carvalho at the top?

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