Liverpool - Manchester United Predicted Xis

Liverpool Predicted XI

Goalkeeper-Simon Mignolet: After a poor run of form earlier in the season, the Belgian keeper has righted the ship becoming one of the top keepers in the league in terms of clean sheets.  

Centerback-Emre Can: The young German center midfielder has now turned into a stalwart centerback with Rodgers' 3-4-2-1 formation.  

Centerback-Martin Skrtel: The Slovakian has made the second most league appearances for the Reds this season, appearing in all but three games.

Centerback-Dejan Lovren: The man from Southampton has been disappointing all season because he has not lived up to his high expectations coming into the season.  He must have a good performance with Mamadou Sakho fit once again.  

Left Midfielder-Alberto Moreno: The Spaniard has made his impact from both the left mid and left back positions this year.  He should be starting here as Raheem Sterling should be more involved centrally.  

Center Midfielder-Joe Allen: The Welshman could be arguably one of Liverpool's most important players.  He dictates play with Henderson and wins plenty of 50-50 balls in what should be quite the battle amongst United's midfield.  

Center Midfielder-Jordan Henderson: The captain of the squad while Steven Gerrard is out.  He has been massive with Joe Allen in the midfield and has been contributing on the scoresheet.  

Right Midfielder-Lazar Markovic: Markovic has not appeared in half of the games this season but his pace is something that will be worrying for United especially on the break.  

Attacking Midfielder-Philippe Coutinho: The Brazilian has been instrumental in Liverpool's winning streak scoring some worldly shots from long range.  He has a flair and creativity that most of this squad lacks. 

Attacking Midfielder-Raheem Sterling: The Englishman who has yet to sign a long-term contract with the club has made the second-most league appearances behind Jordan Henderson.  This young man is quick and will be key in the attack with Sturridge and Coutinho. 

Striker-Daniel Sturridge: The star striker of England missed this showdown at Old Trafford due to injury.  With three goals in ten starts, he looks to continue to make his mark with an impressive performance on Sunday.  

Manchester United Predicted XI

Goalkeeper-David de Gea: There's no where to even start for this man.  Always the first name on the teamsheet, player of the season for Manchester United, and more.  One of the top keepers in the world at the moment.  

Right Back-Rafael: The Brazilian should be able to get back into the starting XI thanks to some poor performances from Antonio Valencia.

Centerback-Chris Smalling: In what has been a poor season for the original trio of United center backs (Evans, Jones, and Smalling), Smalling has been the most consistent performer of the three.  

Centerback-Marcos Rojo: With the Argentine back fit again, he gives Louis van Gaal what he wants, a left-footed player in the left centerback role.  This should be the last of two changes that van Gaal makes from last week's squad as Phil Jones makes way for the Argentine.  

Left Back-Daley Blind: The Dutchman has shown his versatility playing in his third different position on the season.  He is a regular man in the squad and now gets his shot at left back with Shaw still doubtful.  

Center Midfielder-Ander Herrera: The Spaniard has gotten his fair share of playing time after a long spell of coming off the bench or being unused.  The key with him is his fluidity with Juan Mata as they read each other's games well.  

Center Midfielder-Marouane Fellaini: Once the pantomime villain for United's poor season last year, the Belgian has found himself a regular and a key man in Louis van Gaal's squad.  A delightful run and finish last week earned him a goal against Spurs. His frame makes it easier for him to outmuscle players and win headers, but he has the ability to play defensively which makes him dangerous.  

Center Midfielder-Michael Carrick: The return of the holding midfielder to the United squad showed how important he was because of his key passing against Spurs last week.  He found himself on the stat sheet with a goal and an assist last week.  

Right Wing-Juan Mata: The Spaniard finally picked up his first start in over two months last week against Spurs and did not disappoint.  He created the most opportunities for United and his corners were delivered better than most this season.  With Di Maria back in the mix, he should be wary but his play last week was strong enough to earn him another start.  

Left Wing-Ashley Young: Another man who was another pantomime villain for United last season, the Englishman has ressurected his career at United making the most of his opportunities at left wing/left wingback.  His performances this season are his best in ages, and now that he is back on the wing, he should be threatening to Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno.  

Striker-Wayne Rooney: The captain was on the scoresheet last week with a silky steal and mazy run through the defense and his celebration was just as cheeky.  It seems like van Gaal finally has it right putting Rooney back in his best role because it is paying dividends.  

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