Manchester United vs Liverpool – Europa League Match Preview

On Thursday evening at 8.05pm Manchester United will be taking on Liverpool for the second leg of their Europa league tie. The first leg finished 2-0 to Liverpool after Manchester United were completely outplayed.

An early penalty from Daniel Sturridge and a simple tap in for Roberto Firmino settled the tie, with Man United looking like a lower league side at times. The only bonus for United was that goalkeeper, David De Gea, once again proved that he is arguably the world’s best after brilliant saves against Phillipe Coutinho and Adam Lallana respectively.

The match promises to be another massive affair, with Manchester United needing to prove a point to their fans after a very poor performance in the first leg. Both teams, I expect, will be set up very differently with United looking to get back into the game which will mean pushing men forward from the start whereas Liverpool have the luxury of being able to sit back.

This, however, could play into Liverpool’s hands as the pace of the four up top could mean that Klopp decides to go for a more counter attacking set up. With the pace of Sturridge and Coutinho, Liverpool could be very dangerous on Thursday and may, ultimately, be too strong for United in the end.

How I think the Teams will line up:

Manchester United – I predict United will line up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with:

GK – De Gea
RB – Varela
CB – Smalling
CB – Blind
LB – Rojo
CDM – Carrick
LM – Martial
CM – Fellaini
CM – Schweinsteiger/Schneiderlin
RM – Mata
ST – Rashford

Liverpool – I predict Liverpool will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with:

GK – Mignolet (Unfortunately)
RB – Clyne
CB – Sakho
CB – Lovren
LB – Moreno/Flanagan
CDM – Henderson
CDM – Can
LM – Coutinho
RM – Lallana
CAM – Firmino
ST – Sturridge

Overall, I believe the game has huge potential and could be a fantastic game for neutrals to watch. However for Liverpool and Manchester United fans, this will, no doubt, be a nerve-wracking affair. My prediction is Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool, with the visitors scoring both of their goals through counter attacks and the hosts scoring through a Mignolet mistake…

Manchester United vs Liverpool, 17th March 2016, Coverage from 7:30pm, Kick-off from Old Trafford at 8:05pm, Live on BT Sport Europe

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