As ever the trip down the East Lanc’s road to Liverpool is one of the highlights of the season for Manchester United fans as they prepare to taunt the Scousers with their chants of abuse, while the home fans will almost unavoidably start singing you’re getting fired in the morning aimed at Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal.

It would appear as if the 64-year-old Dutchman finally took notice of all the chants of “attack, attack, attack!” from the United faithful after finally taking the brakes off the team and allowing them to take the game to Newcastle United for a 3-3 draw which the visitors would have won, but for a late thunderstruck goal from Magpies Paul Dummett.

Even captain Wayne Rooney appeared to have rolled back the years playing the best football we have seen from the 30-year-old in quite some time.

If Manchester United is to come away with a victory this afternoon, van Gaal must throw his possession based game out of the window and take the play to Liverpool just as Arsenal did despite falling behind to a couple of goals from Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.

On Wednesday night Klopp’s “Gegenpress” game hounded the Gunners off the ball totally disrupting their passing game leaving Arsene Wenger’s team not choice but to take the direct approach to goal.

Van Gaal needs to have learned from that approach, and must tell both Memphis and Anthony Martial to run at the immobile Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho who along with error prone goalkeeper Simon Mignolet look as though they are ready for the taking.

With what we have just said this is how we think United should line-up in a game where we pray LVG will not go back to his defensive style and destroy what has the makings of a great entertaining game.


David De Gea will of course be in goal, hopefully not distracted by all the talk of Real Madrid wanting to sign him before their Fifa imposed transfer ban comes into effect at the end of the month.


Darmian needs to return to the right side of defence working with Smalling and Blind in a 3-4-2-1 formation that should prove to advantageous against a Liverpool team that will leave plenty of gaps at the back.


Sorry Fellaini but we are afraid you not only have to leave this weeks starting XI, but could very well be on your way out of Old Trafford by the end of the month following a series of lacklustre displays for United this season. In will come the hopefully recovered Bastian Schweinsteiger to partner Morgan Schneiderlin allowing Ashley Young to play in his preferred more forward position out on the right wing.

Spaniard Herrera will of course start in front of the defensive midfielders, with us still unsure whether or not to play the well-rested Juan Mata given his experience and fine performance the last time these two teams met at Anfield.

Saying that however we are going to give the underperforming Memphis the chance to show what he can do as his pace along with Anthony martial should prove to be a nightmare for veteran Kolo Toure.


Up front leading the attack will be Red devils captain Wayne Rooney, hopefully brimming with confidence after his performance against Newcastle United up at St James Park.

Have a look at our predicted team below and see if you think we have got it right.