Manchester United are aiming to continue their fine momentum later this weekend when they make the trip to Anfield – a venue they have failed to leave with three points in each of the last six seasons.
Last season’s nightmare visit was arguably the lowest point of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era but Erik ten Hag has injected belief into the players and supporters.
Since losing the Manchester Derby at the start of October last year, United have tasted defeat just twice in all competitions and are in stunning form going into Sunday’s mouthwatering clash.
United are 10 points ahead of their rivals and are arguably making the trip to Anfield as favourites for the first time in many years. Ten Hag does, however, have one big selection headache going into the 90-minute affair.
Wout Weghorst is highly likely to continue his run of starting every single competitive game since the joined the club and Marcus Rashford, United’s top goalscorer, is undroppable.
Weghorst has proven to be more effective when Rashford plays centrally, allowing the Dutchman to drop in behind him and act as an extra midfielder.
Ten Hag has only opted for that strategy on less than a handful of occasions but it has worked. The only downside is that Bruno Fernandes is then pushed out to the right-hand side, with Alejandro Garnacho or Jadon Sancho then playing on the left. That would leave Antony on the bench.
The other option Ten Hag could consider is playing Weghorst up-front, with Rashford and Antony on either wing and Fernandes in his usual ‘number ten’ position.
Further back, the team almost picks itself. Casemiro and Fred are expected anchor the midfield in front of Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and David de Gea.