Manchester United are set to host Liverpool on Sunday in the match of the weekend, in the biggest clash in England. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players are not in an avid situation, as they have won just nine points from the opening eight matches and Liverpool, who have not slipped yet, are the worst opposition to meet at this tender time of the season.
The Devils are still miles away from where they want to be and the manager is under immense pressure. How would not he be, after such a poor start to the campaign and it is worth noting that he could end up like Jose Mourinho if he loses to Liverpool.
But he could also buy some valuable time for himself and his ideas should the team perform in the best possible way against the champions of Europe.
Here is what we would like to see from Manchester United on Sunday.
Belief And Confidence
This is one of those things that should be going without saying, especially the belief in your own abilities. But Man United have not believed in themselves the way they should and their performances have been far from confident.
That should change against Liverpool. The team should go into this match with the mindset that this is their home and the team that Sir Alex Ferguson “knocked off their …. perch” should not have it their way this time around.
The best chance to prove everyone wrong does not come in League Cup or against a relegation-bound teams, it comes against your biggest and toughest rival.
Sergio Romero Clean Sheet
It is bad news that David De Gea will not be able to play against Liverpool, but Man United fans should know that Sergio Romero is perfectly capable of a great performance in this match. He has not played a lot in recent times, but he is the type of goalkeeper that can shine on the biggest stage.
Obviously, we do not want Man United to concede in any match of the season, but in these circumstances, a clean sheet from the Argentine keeper would mean twice as much. No one stopped Liverpool from scoring since Everton in early March. Seven and a half months have passed since.
Quick And Precise Transitions
For Man United to do well, they should do similar things to those they did in a 4-0 win against Chelsea. Obviously, that is easier said than done and also, Liverpool are a better team than the Blues.
But Liverpool will leave some space in behind, especially with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson bombing forwards constantly, both at the same time.
For United to punish that, they will have to be quick, precise and decisive. There should not be any insecurities around the box, as we have seen just how good Virgil van Dijk can be when the opposition player is thinking too much.
To Not Lose
Usually, we would say “win this one”, but a draw would make us happy, as well. Not just because United are in a bad moment right now and will be missing some important players, but also because they would be the first team to not lose against Liverpool in Premier League since that same Everton from last March.