The mighty Reds host Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth-round on Sunday. How will the biggest tie of the round fair out? Here are the predictions of Stretty News editor Dale O’Donnell.
It was a tense affair at Anfield a week ago. Some felt Manchester United lacked urgency, but I’d disagree with that.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side tried to get forward whenever they retained possession, but were sloppy with their use of the ball and couldn’t get enough momentum to form potent attacks with fluidity.
The likes of Jamie Carragher saying United sat back with a defensive approach couldn’t be more wrong. He, like other brainwashed Scousers, wanted us to open up at the back so that Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could rejig their goalscoring form.
Solskjaer may be just a P.E teacher in their eyes, but it’s time the Norwegian got the credit he deserves for turning United’s season around.
It’s telling that the reigning champions failed to score against Burnley on Thursday night and ended up losing (1-0) at home for the first time since April 2017.
Liverpool are in the middle of an awful run of form at the moment, having won only one of their last six games in all competitions. A win that came against a coronavirus-hit Aston Villa side in the FA Cup third-round…
Firstly, as far as the teams are concerned, we can definitely expected both sides to make changes for this one, and it would be a good opportunity to give Donny van de Beek a much-needed run.
Amad Diallo may even be involved in the match-day squad for the first time, which would be a big boost for the Ivorian youngster after just arriving at the club.
Ultimately, however, these games tend to underwhelm the neutrals but for fans it’s always a nervy encounter. Too nervy to really take it all in…
United will be slim favourites come kick-off and I expect us to progress in the competition. You will be able to pick up odds from 100betz.com, with the same applying for other FA Cup fixtures in the forthcoming rounds.
Edinson Cavani should’ve started at Anfield and I expect his name to be on the scoresheet come Sunday evening.
The Uruguayan striker has the experience and nous to make smithereens of Liverpool’s defence, and it remains to be seen if they field two midfielders in a back-four again.
If challenged by United’s creative output in the centre — Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba — it could become an embarrassing evening for the Scousers.
Can you think of a better way to eliminate them from the FA Cup? I can’t and feel United have what it takes to get at their opponents this weekend.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool