Manchester United welcome hard-charging Liverpool to Old Trafford for a lunchtime kickoff on Saturday. In recent weeks, these two clubs have battled back and forth for second place and a win this weekend could make all the difference as the Premier League season heads into the home stretch.
United enter this pivotal match fresh off an exhilarating back-from-the-dead victory at Crystal Palace on Monday. An abject first-half performance at Selhurst Park left the Reds 2-0 down and looking hopeless. But the manager’s blistering halftime talk sparked a revival, capped off by Nemanja Matić’s stoppage-time stunner that rescued all three points.
While undoubtedly thrilling, Monday’s frenzied comeback could take its toll this weekend. United spent most of the match desperately chasing the game and exerted a huge amount of energy to beat back Crystal Palace. It’s hard to say whether that will catch up to the squad on Saturday. In the first matchup back in October, United came away from Anfield with a hard-fought 0-0 draw. This is a really important match — and no one knows that more than Mourinho. “It is a big game against Liverpool,” he told MUTV earlier this week. Only nine league games remain, putting the Reds in prime position to reclaim a Champions League place