Manchester United are set to host Liverpool today evening at 5:30 in the North-West Derby which is considered as the biggest and most prestigious match in English football and one of the biggest football encounters in the world. The two sides share a bitter rivalry thanks to their amazing history over the years sharing 38 league titles.
When the two sides face each other, the last option is to lose and the players literally give everything they have to bring joy to their amazing fans.
Both sides will be missing some key players. Manchester United has two major doubts for the match as their captain Wayne Rooney and vice-captain Michael Carrick are both doubtful for the clash. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s best player Philippe Coutinho is out with a suspension due to a red card which he saw during West Ham United game. Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana is also likely to miss the game due to injury.
Here are few facts and stats ahead of the game:
1> Manchester United have won only one of their last four top-flight home games at Old Trafford losing one while playing two draws.
2> Liverpool’s record in last seven Premier League away games is poor. They lost three, drawn three and won only one.
3> Manchester United have a great record against Liverpool in last seven League games. The Red Devils won five of the seven games and lost only twice.
4> Liverpool have something to cheer according to stats as their new striker Christian Benteke has found the net against Manchester United in both of his last two games in Aston Villa shirt.
5> This is the 45th time when these two sides are meeting in Premier League. No other teams have met so many times.
6> The North-West Derby has produced the second most number of red cards in the history of the Premier League with 16 sending offs. Only Merseyside Derby has produced more red cards that are 20.
7> Wayne Rooney has only 0.23 goals per game against Liverpool which is his second worst record against teams he has played more than 10 times in Premier League.
8> David de Gea has not kept a clean sheet in any of his last seven full 90 minute appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League.
9> Juan Mata has scored three goals in his last two games against Liverpool.
10> Wayne Rooney has zero goals in his last 10 league games which are the second time in his career. He is 864 minutes without a goal in Premier League.
11> There has not been any draw between the two sides in all competitions since March 2000 at Old Trafford and the two sides met 177 times at the Theater of Dreams.
12> If Liverpool fails to score today, it will be the first time since March 2005 when they could not score in three consecutive games in League.
13> Liverpool have hit the woodwork 5 times so far this season wich is highest in the League.
14> This will be the first time in history when these two teams will not start with any locally born player for them. Wayne Rooney, who is a Merseysider but he is also doubtful for the game. Jordan Rossiter may be on the bench for Liverpool.
15> The two sides had similar results in every game this season. Both won the first two games, drew the third and lost the fourth.
Stats credits: Squawka, Opta