Confirmed Manchester United line-up vs Liverpool: Varane passes late fitness test

Erik ten Hag has named his Manchester United starting line-up to face Liverpool at Anfield.

Fans will be delighted to see Raphael Varane in defence, starting alongside his preferred partner Lisandro Martinez, after the Frenchman was deemed a doubt for the game and required a late fitness test this morning.

David de Gea starts in goal, while Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw operate at full-back.

In midfield, Casemiro will act as the anchor to protest United’s back four. The Brazilian will be joined by Fred and Bruno Fernandes in the middle at Anfield.

United have Antony, Wout Weghorst and Marcus Rashford in attack.

Manchester United XI vs Liverpool: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes; Antony, Weghorst, Rashford.

United need to do something special to get win

Former club captain Gary Neville feels the Reds need to produce “something really special” if they are to clinch three points at Anfield today.

United go into the game having lost just one of their last 22 games in all competitions. We also go into the game as League Cup champions after beating Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley a week ago.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game, Neville said Anfield still holds a fear factor.

“I’m not saying that the Manchester United players will be worried about going there on Sunday, but anybody who has been to Anfield before, and most of that team have, will know how difficult it is.

“They will know how it can all go wrong and how that crowd can get on top of you and make things difficult for you in that first part of the game.

“Manchester United on Sunday will have to be at their absolute best and more to beat Liverpool, irrespective of the form Liverpool are in.

“But, I do feel this is a Liverpool this Manchester United team can damage. If Manchester United demonstrate that resilience, spirit and quality they’ve shown in the last few months, then it will be a hell of a tough game for Liverpool.

“But it’s a big game for Liverpool. They’ve got to get back to the top four. A few weeks ago, I never believed the hype that they were out of the top-four race. I always felt they would go on a run when they got a few players back.

“They had a victory last night which was really important. Are Liverpool back? I don’t think Jurgen Klopp would say they are back because he has seen his team at a level that’s been well beyond what they are currently achieving.

“But Manchester United will have to do something really special on Sunday.”

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