The biggest rivalry in English football is back this mid-week in the Europa League as Liverpool travel to the Old Trafford with a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield. Untied were completely outplayed by their nemesis and will have to come back strongly if they are to move into the next round of this competition.
Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal revealed in the press conference before the game that Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all not fit enough to play a part in this game against Liverpool. Skipper Wayne Rooney is out injured but Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera are expected to be back in action at the Old Trafford.
Here is the predicted line-up for Manchester United against Liverpool:
David de Gea:
The man of the match for United last week will once again be under pressure against a free flowing Liverpool attack.
Stuck to his job well in the first game but needs to be more solid at the back for his side.
Smalling was out of sorts at Anfield and will have to find his confidence back if United are to beat Liverpool on the night.
Had a number of nervy moments in recent times and will have to be more disciplined at the heart of the United defense.
The Argentine was not bad in his previous appearances but will have to be at his best for this crunch tie.
Schneiderlin had a game to forget at Anfield and will be hoping to bounce back in the second leg at Old Trafford.
Missed out on the game at Anfield and might come right into the mid-field to help out his team hold the ball in the middle of the park.
The Spaniard has to have more of an impact on the game for United if they are to get anything from this game.
Showed his potential before the injury and will be hoping to live up to it against Liverpool on Thursday.
Was a mere passenger in the first leg and will have to work harder and get more often on the ball to have more of an impact on the game.
The young forward did not enjoy the trip to Anfield and will be eager to showcase his talent in front of the home crowd against their arch rivals.
Jurgen Klopp revealed that defender Martin Skrtel will not make the trip to Old Trafford due to an injury. However, mid-fielder and vice captain James Milner is back available for this tie after missing the first leg due to an illness. Klopp is expected to make no changes to the side that beat United at Anfield a week ago.
Here is Liverpool’s strongest line-up to face United on Thursday:
Was hardly troubled in the first leg but should be ready for a busier night at Old Trafford.
Should once again stick to his task and leave no space in behind on the flank for the home side to exploit.
The Croat has been superb in the last few games and will be at the heart of the defense for Liverpool.
Had his shaky moments in the first leg but is generally strong and will hope to keep United away from his goal.
Needs to be less adventurous and help out his back four whenever possible to keep the 2 goal lead intact on the night.
Had an extra-ordinary game at Anfield and will be pumped up for the trip to Old Trafford this mid-week.
Missed a couple of chances and looked low on confidence a week ago but a good performance against his rivals will surely help him finish the season on a strong note.
The England international looked reborn in the last few games and will have to keep up his intensity to help Liverpool dump United out of the Europa League.
The impact player for Liverpool, Coutinho will be constant menace for the home side and will surely have a huge role in Klopp’s plans for the night.
The inform forward for Liverpool, Firmino will love to continue his winning streak against Liverpool’s arch rivals in this Europa League tie at Old Trafford.
The striker opened the scoring at Anfield and will love to contribute once again to Liverpool’s performance at the Old Trafford.