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Confirmed Starting XI: Pogba benched; Lukaku and Rashford lead the line; Lindelof back from injury

Manchester United face the biggest match of their Premier League season when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. United got a good result in the league against Fulham last weekend, scoring four goals in a game for the first time this season, but it was only Fulham, who at the time sat bottom in the league table. With a final UEFA Champions League group stage match in between Fulham and Liverpool, Jose Mourinho was able to rest some players; David De Gea and Nemanja Matic were both rested.

In Valencia, the United team which face La Liga’s 15th placed team were pathetic. There was no urgency, no desire, nothing. Marcus Rashford came on in the second half and helped himself to a goal after Valencia opened the scoring and Phil Jones decided that if he could get a goal, even if it was an own goal, he would. United lost that match 2-1 and with Juventus losing 2-1 to Young Boys, the group could have been won by United, if they had a team that desired to do such a thing, which they did not.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof;

Dalot, Matic, Herrera, Young;

Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero; Jones, Valencia; Pogba, Mata, Fellaini; Martial

Liverpool have not won a league title since the 1989-90 season. Those of you that are 30 or younger may not have seen Liverpool win a league title in your lifetime. I was about nine or ten when they did it the last time. I will be 40 in 2019. Jurgen Klopp’s side were top of the league going into this weekends matches but Manchester City, fresh from defeat last weekend, beat Everton 3-1 and returned to the summit, two points clear of Liverpool.

United sit sixth in the league table at this moment, eight points behind Arsenal who face Southampton before United’s match. United had chance after chance in recent weeks to claw some points back with teams above them facing each other, but draw after draw cost them that chance. Beating Liverpool will not benefit United if Arsenal beat Southampton, which is to be expected, so they will need to string together many fine performances, which is more of a dream than a reality right now.

It is heartbreaking to see United play like this. It is evident that the manager, the players, coaches, board, the hierarchy and the owners are all letting the club down. The club is rotten from the top to the bottom. The deadwood at the club is never going to leave it with those above the manager handing out contract after contract to players who should have left a long time ago. The club captain still does not speak English, despite arriving in the country during the 2006/07 season (at Wigan Athletic). It’s a right mess.

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