Liverpool vs Manchester United: Can the Red Devils sustain Premier League title charge?

The Premier League returns to action this weekend, with Liverpool hosting Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday 5th March, in what is widely regarded as one of the fiercest rivalries in world football.

The Red Devils’ triumph against Newcastle in last weekend’s League Cup final moved them level with Liverpool on 67 recognised trophies throughout both clubs’ decorated histories, but it is the Premier League that Man Utd are desperate to reclaim having failed to lift the English title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge in 2012-13.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have somewhat recovered in recent weeks to claim 10 points from a possible 12, with their 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday moving them within six points of the top four while retaining a game in hand on Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday 5th March, 16:30 GMT)

Despite Jurgen Klopp’s side’s recent upturn in form, there is little doubt that Man Utd are playing more efficiently at present, and they will head to Anfield with plenty of belief that they can win there for the first time since January 2016.

However, Liverpool are always a tough nut to crack on their own patch, having lost just one of their last 35 league games at Anfield. 

This fixture saw seven draws from 10 meetings between March 2016 and January 2021, and with plenty at stake for both teams, we can envisage a share of the spoils on Sunday. The draw is an attractive price at odds of 3.70.

One man who will be desperate to score at Anfield for the first time in his career is Marcus Rashford, who we correctly tipped as an anytime goalscorer in last weekend’s cup final at Wembley.

The 25-year-old’s six career goals against Liverpool have all come at Old Trafford, but having bagged 10 goals in his last 10 league games, he will fancy his chances of continuing his sensational run of form in behind the Reds’ high defensive line. You can bet on Rashford to score anytime at odds of 2.23.

Likewise, no player in history has scored more goals in this fixture than Mohamed Salah, who has found the back of net 10 times in his last seven matches against the Red Devils. 

The ‘Egyptian King’ returned to goalscoring ways against Wolves in midweek, and Salah can be backed at odds of 2.60 to move into double figures in the Premier League for the season on Sunday.