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Manchester United are projected to win the match with around three goals ever

We look at the projected lineups for Old Trafford as Manchester United and Liverpool duel.

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Given that neither Manchester United nor Liverpool have ever won the Premier League, this year’s matchup promises to be even more monumental than usual.

[FURTHER: A Look Ahead at Man U. vs. Liverpool]

Both heavyweights are off to a rough start, with United losing both of their games and Erik ten Hag already under intense pressure following their shocking 4-0 loss at Brentford in their most recent match.

Liverpool, under Jurgen Klopp, have started the season with a pair of draws, and with injuries piling up and some defensive issues, they could use a big win against their bitter rivals to get back on track and contend for the Premier League title.

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The starting lineups and some tactical analysis for Manchester United vs. Liverpool are provided below.

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Lineup expected for Manchester United (3-4-2-1)

De Gea, Varane, Maguire, Martinez, Dalot, Fred, McTominay, Malacia, Eriksen, Fernandes, Ronaldo, and Malacia.

Erik ten Hag is a man who is very committed to his philosophy and style of play when defending with a 4-3-3 formation. However, I believe that all of that needs to be thrown out the window for this game because of Liverpool’s prowess as a high-pressing juggernaut. ETH is probably aware of this as well. That’s why I wouldn’t be surprised to see United field a defense of five players, including three central defenders.

After a rocky start to his Premier League career, a trio consisting of Varane, Maguire, and Martinez could be an effective solution. It’s a toss-up whether Malacia or Shaw starts out wide, but Shaw looks unprepared and uncertain, so I’d go with Malacia. If United play what is essentially a 3-6-1 formation, then Fred and McTominay in midfield will provide the necessary bite. Up top, I’d expect Cristiano Ronaldo to start given his propensity to pull off incredible moments in big games, and while Eriksen and Fernandes will help them keep the ball, I expect him to start because of his propensity to do so. United might have to take the pragmatic route, which may mean sacrificing Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. If Erik ten Hag insists on starting with an attacking 4-3-3 formation, I think he’s foolish. If United can make it to the 60-minute mark, they can play a bit more recklessly.

Scheduled Lineup for Liverpool (4-3-3)

This is Alisson, signing off. Alex-Arnold — Gómez — Van Dijk — Robertson Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Diaz, and Diaz, Henderson, Salah, and Firmino

With nine injuries and Darwin Nunez’s suspension, Jurgen Klopp is left with few options. The back four is easy to choose, though I’d start Joe Gomez in place of Nat Phillips after Phillips’s costly error gifted Wilfried Zaha a goal in the previous match. Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, and James Milner have the experience to control the middle of the field, and Naby Keita, who is recovering from an illness, will be available off the bench. Up top, Roberto Firmino replaces the suspended Nunez as the only substitution. With Firmino’s recent return, Klopp may opt to start either Harvey Elliott or Fabio Carvalho in place of him if the latter is deemed unfit.

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NBCSports.com was the first to release their predicted starting lineups for Manchester United vs. Liverpool.