Man United vs Liverpool – Premier League: Live score, team news and updates as Marcus Rashford returns after being dropped for Chelsea clash while Willy Kambwala, 19, starts at heart of defence due to injury crisis

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Gary Neville: ‘If United get through first 30, I think they will be OK’

Gary Neville, former Manchester United captain, speaking on Sky Sports:

I think these Manchester United players will have been really down on Friday, after the Chelsea game. They will have been thinking, “This is the worst fixture we could have next.”

How I see them doing well today is if they grow into the game. Liverpool gave them encouragement in the last game in the FA Cup by leaving them in the match. I am a little bit worried about today, particularly the first half hour. But if United get through that, I think they will be OK.

Marcus Rashford is such an important player for United. They don’t have world-class players throughout their squad. But what they have in Rashford is someone who can deliver world-class moments. I think he is a person who can cause Conor Bradley and whoever is right centre-back problems.

Atmosphere building

Any fan lucky enough to be inside Old Trafford today knows how huge this match is.

When Manchester United and Liverpool clash, the atmosphere can be electric, whatever ground they play in.

The fans are arriving now, will these United fans be smiling in three hours?

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‘Hard to look past Liverpool’

Oliver Holt, Mail Sport Chief Sports Writer, at Old Trafford:

It is hard to think that Manchester United have anything more than a puncher’s chance today. In a one-off game, anything can happen, of course, and United will try to bring the same spirit they conjured for their FA Cup victory here recently. It’s still hard to look past Liverpool, though.

Mo Salah has a terrific record against United and with the home defence depleted again, it will be hard to keep him off the scoresheet.

A must-win for Liverpool?

The title race this season is truly gripping.

You simply can’t take your eyes off it at any point, the pendulum swings on a daily basis.

With both Arsenal and Manchester City winning yesterday, comfortably may I add, is today now a must-win game for Liverpool.

You’d feel the Reds would become the favourites with three points today.

Rashford returns

After being dropped for the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Marcus Rashford is back in from the start for Manchester United.

The United winger loves a goal against their rivals, netting seven against them during his career.

He has been criticised for a lack of effort recently, but I’m sure he will be putting in a shift today.

It would be huge for the team if he returned with a goal.

Liverpool Team News – Endo RETURNS

Endo is fit enough to start for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp has made three changes from midweek’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United.

Jarrell Quansah and Andy Robertson are preferred to Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez in the defence.

Man United Team News – Kambwala STARTS

The big news from the Manchester United camp is that Willy Kambwala makes just his second league start.

He is one of two changes Erik ten Hag has made from the side that lost 4-3 away at Chelsea.

Marcus Rashford returns in place of Antony.

Team predictions?

We are very close to finding out who both Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp have named in their starting 11s.

Will Wataru Endo return for Liverpool? Who will line up at the back for Manchester United?

We will find out in five minutes.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool arriving before the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on April 07, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

ETH and Klopp call for a stop to tragedy chanting

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, on tragedy chanting:

I just see it this way, that two of the biggest clubs in the world, let’s just show a bit of class in these moments.

So don’t sing this or that, just show class, have a fight on the pitch, let’s just play football, if you want to be happy, if you lose, whatever but besides all of that just show a bit of class, that would be my wish really for all of us.

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United boss, on eradicating tragedy chants:

As such, it is part of my duty to remind every supporter fortunate enough to be at the game that it must be enjoyed in the proper way, and not used as an excuse for abusing rival fans about Hillsborough, Heysel, or any other historic tragedies.

Ryan Babel: ‘The referee versus LFC today’

Ryan Babel doesn’t seem to think Manchester United are Liverpool’s opponents today.

I’m sure the former Red will have rattled a few United fans with this post.

Salah’s Theatre of Dreams

Mohamed Salah loves playing at Old Trafford.

The so-called ‘Egyptian King’ has netted all eight of his goals at the Theatre of Dreams in his last five visits there.

The 31-year-old is also the only opposition player to net a hat-trick at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

If he scores today, he will become the first opposition player to score in four consecutive League matches at Old Trafford.

After his performance in midweek, he will be desperate to get back his regular goalscoring ways in Manchester.

Calm before the storm

Old Trafford is going to be a cauldron of noise in around 90 minutes.

The Theatre of Dreams has been the location of many historic United wins over Liverpool, and each time the crowd really ‘brought it’.

They will have to do the same today if they want the three points!

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Young gun set to make United squad

It’s set to be a huge day for one Manchester United player.

According to reports, Harry Amass, who is just 17 years old, has been called up to the first-team squad for today’s clash against Liverpool.

United have had a defensive crisis ongoing for a while now, so Erik ten Hag has decided to include the young full-back.

What a day it is set to be for the young lad, I remember a certain Trent Alexander-Arnold making his debut for Liverpool at Old Trafford at just 19.

Look what he has gone on to do!

United’s nightmare league record vs Reds

Manchester United have not enjoyed this fixture in recent years.

The Red Devils have won just one of their last 11 league games against Liverpool, losing six of them.

However, their one win was in this exact fixture last season.

Erik ten Hag will remember that day fondly, it was his first league victory in charge of United.

Oh how he will want them to replicate that display today.

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Nerves are jangling

Fans of both Manchester United and Liverpool will tell you how nervous they get during the 90 minutes the teams collide.

Yesterday evening, I discussed the fixture with my girlfriend’s dad, who is a United fan, and he was certain his side would lose.

I think that conversation showed me just how devoid of confidence Red Devils fans are, they will have to hope their team isn’t.

United have beaten the Reds once already this season though…

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Jurgen Klopp: ‘We want to be in fight for title’

Jurgen Klopp, speaking to the press on Friday:

Obviously, the next one [Manchester United] is the big one, like they all are. Somebody said we had the best fixture list or schedule; I looked at it and I really don’t know how you can have had that idea, maybe I’m too negative but it’s a tough one, good opponents.

We are ready and we want to be in that fight, so let’s see what we can make of it.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates at full-time following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United at Anfield on April 04, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Reds will want revenge

I know many Liverpool fans, and they are all desperate to get one back over on Manchester United after their 4-3 loss in this very match in the FA Cup.

Losing in the fashion the Reds did in March will have cut very deep on everyone involved in the club.

Today they have the chance for revenge, and what a time in the season it would be to inflict it.

The Reds will be eager to get out there.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jarell Quansah, Harvey Elliott and Conor Bradley of Liverpool look dejected as they leave the pitch after defeat to Manchester United during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on March 17, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

United arrive for crunch match

Manchester United have arrived at Old Trafford, and they look focused.

It must have been incredibly painful to lose in the fashion they did on Thursday night, so surely they will be looking to bounce back instantly.

United fans will be expecting a response, there is no better team to inflict that on then your bitter rivals.

It’s going to be feisty!

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on April 07, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on April 07, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

One step forward, two steps back

Manchester United have not been having a good time of it lately.

After the Red Devils came out on top in a dramatic FA Cup encounter with the Reds in March, Erik ten Hag said it could have been a turning point in their season.

However, since then they dropped two points away at Brentford and conceded two stoppage-time goals at Stamford Bridge in a 4-3 loss to Chelsea.

It’s felt like one step forward, two steps back for United, and they will be hoping they take that one step forward again today.

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Farewell title beckoning for Klopp?

It’s something we have all spoken about, can Jurgen Klopp say farewell to the Liverpool faithful with a title?

The Reds sit just one point shy of Arsenal at the top and can go back to the summit with a win over Manchester United.

Something special has been brewing at Anfield ever since the Big German revealed he would be leaving the club.

Will Liverpool take another step towards the title today

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Darwin Nunez of Liverpool at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United at Anfield on April 04, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Can United spoil Reds’ title charge?

This is one of those matches everybody wants to watch.

No matter the form of either side, Manchester United and Liverpool are arguably the biggest two clubs in England, it’s a huge clash.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking to send their manager off into the sunset with a Premier League title and can go back top with three points at Old Trafford.

However, United could not think of anything worse than seeing that happen and will do everything they can to prevent it.

If the Reds slip up at their bitter rivals, it will be a huge blow to their title hopes and would give Arsenal the upper hand.

So much is riding on this game.

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Rivals reunite!

Oh boy, it’s a big one today.

Not only is it Manchester United vs Liverpool, perhaps the biggest rivalry in English football, but the result will have a huge impact on the title race.

United would love to be the reason their bitter rivals fall short in their effort to secure a record-equalling 20th title.

Liverpool, though, would enjoy heaping more misery on United after a wretched week for Erik ten Hag’s side.

It is a day of epic proportions, one that could play a key part in both side’s seasons.

Let’s get cracking then, shall we?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Manager Erik ten Hag of Manchester United arrives ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on April 07, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • Liverpool Team News – Endo RETURNS
  • Man United Team News – Kambwala STARTS
  • Rivals reunite!

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