Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LIVERPOOL

Manchester United's clash with Liverpool is an early highlight of the weekend's Premier League programme.

Old Trafford will be the focus for many football fans this lunchtime as the Premier League sees a mouthwatering clash between second and third.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have been praised to the hilt recently but enter this round of fixtures two points worse off than Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho's big-game approach is, as always, under scrutiny ahead of the rivals' 200th meeting, which could go a long way to deciding who finishes runners-up to runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 LIVERPOOL

3: So it looks like Emre Can has the task of keeping Alexis Sanchez quiet this afternoon. Still, I’d rather that than Ashley Young’s assignment of stopping Mohamed Salah… could be a bloodbath that.

Neither side have taken control in these early stages. Atmosphere is bubbling nicely though.

1: The 200th meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool is underway. Efficient vs effervescent…

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

TWO-MINUTE WARNING

12:28: Decent atmosphere as the players emerge from the tunnel. We’re two minutes away from one of the biggest games in English football.

MIND GAMES...

12:26: Jurgen Klopp starting with the mind games at Old Trafford.

He’s done his usual routine of watching the Manchester United players warming up, and now he’s standing just outside the tunnel giving Sanchez and co the stare as they walk out of the dressing room.

How could you not be spooked?!

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

‘I’M A LITTLE BIT WORRIED’

12:23: G-Nev isn’t best pleased with the line-ups today. He thought Mourinho would go with a slightly more defensive approach against a free-scoring Liverpool side.

But he thinks Jurgen Klopp will be happy to see only Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in central midfield.

“I’ve been thinking all week that Manchester United would and should be a little more defensive in the first hour of this game,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“We all know how Liverpool start games, start second halves and they do just drop a little bit in the last half an hour. Jose got a lot of criticism for his approach at Anfield earlier on in the season but since then in the Manchester City game here, the Tottenham game away, the Arsenal game away, he’s been so attacking.

“I was expecting him to retreat a little bit today but this doesn’t suggest that. I’m a little bit more worried having seen the team.”

TWITTER ROUND-UP

PJ: Missing Paul Pogba in the line-up... hope Alexis Sanchez stays on the wing more where he is more effective and allows Nemanja Mata to perform his magic!

Shane: Can’t understand why Jesse Lingard has been omitted. Much better choice than Marcus Rashford.

Banks: Thought Klopp would start Gini in the midfield.. Has a knack of getting goals in the big games.

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

THE BATTLE…

12:10: With Manchester City about 966 points ahead of their nearest rivals, today is a clash between second and third.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are two points worse off than Manchester United, but could leapfrog them today with a win.

However, aside from bragging rights, does it really matter?

Chris Smalling certainly thinks so. He says City’s dominance has actually intensified the rivalry between the two clubs this season.

"I think there's always that rivalry, but even more this year. We're a lot closer in the table than we've probably been for a while. The fact that we're so close gives it an added intensity," Smalling said.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

12:05: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "Liverpool are a very good team, with some weaknesses. They're not a perfect team, but they're a very good team. That's why they are where they are. I know my team's weaknesses. Sometimes I hide them, sometimes I compensate for them. But Liverpool is Liverpool, and we are what we are."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "Me and Jose have a different view. He's obviously been more successful than me, but I love derbies. I think it's normal that you feel different before a derby. It's only a bit more but it does make a difference."

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

ALEXIS WOE

12:00: The scrutiny on Paul Pogba in recent weeks has detracted from how disappointing January's marquee signing Alexis Sanchez has been.

The Chilean has scored just once in eight appearances, has frequently given the ball away and has not yet gelled with his new colleagues.

Sanchez has largely operated wide on the left but he still struggled after moving to a more central role for the second half at Palace.

Mourinho persisted with Romelu Lukaku during a lean spell earlier in the season - so he needs to find a solution for how Sanchez fits in.

TEDDY

11:55: Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham is in the Sky Sports studio for today’s game.

He’s looking pretty sharp in his grey three-piece suit despite half the Twittersphere saying he cuts his hair with a butter knife...

Anyway, he thinks we’re going to have an ‘open and expansive’ game at Old Trafford today and fancies Jose Mourinho’s side to collect maximum points.

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

TOP-SIX RECORD

11:50: Jurgen Klopp's side have an excellent record against fellow top-six clubs in the Premier League since the German arrived in October 2015.

He has suffered just three top-flight defeats to those opponents and has secured victories at the Etihad Stadium, Stamford Bridge and the Emirates.

Three points at Old Trafford would be considered the sweetest of the lot for Liverpool fans.

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Claude: Why are we playing Ashley Young again at left-back?! What is Jose Mourinho thinking?! Got a feeling he’s gonna be slaughtered by Mohamed Salah today.

Mike: Good game for Alexis Sanchez to announce himself with Paul Pogba injured. Don’t think it will happen mind.

Jack: I don't care what team you support, if you are truly neutral for this match then logic tells you across the last few weeks of form, Liverpool should win this game comfortably. But when has logic ever decided a United v Liverpool game!

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

TEAM NEWS - MANCHESTER UNITED

11:40: Jose Mourinho makes three changes to his starting XI, and it’s a very strong side considering the showdown with Sevilla next week.

Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Eric Bailly all return in place of Jesse Lingard, Victor Lindelof and Paul Pogba, who sustained a gash on his leg in training yesterday.

TEAM NEWS - LIVERPOOL

11:35: Just the one change for Jurgen Klopp from last week’s win over Newcastle. Yes, I’m ignoring the non-event against Porto on Tuesday.

The German tactician has dropped Jordan Henderson in favour of James Milner. I think the Reds captain suffered a dead leg during the Champions League draw.

Loris Karius keeps his place after a run of good form, while Andy Robertson has been deemed fit enough to start at left-back.

Georginio Wijnaldum returns to the squad, and could make an impact from the bench.

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED vs LIVERPOOL

11:30: Here are the line-ups folks. No Paul Pogba today folks, he pulled a muscle in training yesterday.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Smalling, Valencia, Matic, McTominay, Rashford, Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Lingard, Carrick, Shaw, Fellaini, Darmian.

Liverpool XI: Karius, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Milner, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Mignolet, Wijnaldum, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Solanke, Matip.

HAVE YOUR SAY

11:28: If you want to vent your frustrations, or discuss any issues in the world of football (within reason), then get in touch!

You can either comment at the bottom of the page or contact me via Twitter using the hashtag #ExpressSport.

GOOD MORNING

11:25: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.

Manchester United and Liverpool renew their rivalry at Old Trafford today.

The last meeting between these two at Anfield in October ended in a drab goalless draw, after which everyone slated United's risk-averse (polite way of saying parking the bus) style.

No title on the line obviously, so we’re going to have a blockbuster, right?

Let’s have some team news…

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE updates: Latest Premier League action from Old Trafford

STREAM DETAILS

Manchester United vs Liverpool is being shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.

The coverage begins at 11:30am on both channels.

Sky subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.

The match is also available via Now TV, where a day pass can be bought for £6.99.

MANCHESTER UNITED vs LIVERPOOL

Marouane Fellaini is back in contention for United after being sidelined since January 31 with a knee complaint.

Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is training and centre-back Eric Bailly is fully fit, but Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Daley Blind remain absent for the Old Trafford encounter.

Jordan Henderson, Andrew Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum are all available for Liverpool. Henderson has trained after suffering a dead leg against Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday, as have Robertson (knock) and Wijnaldum (illness), both of whom missed that European game.

Nathaniel Clyne (back) is still lacking match fitness and will not be considered yet as manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with his options at right-back.

Last season: Man Utd 1 Liverpool 1, Liverpool 0 Man Utd 0

Top scorers (all competitions): Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 23; Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 32

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

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