Preview: Man United v Liverpool

2016-03-17 13:15
Ander Herrera (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Liverpool have the advantage in their Europa League clash with Manchester United ahead of the second-leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.

The Reds head into the match with a 2-0 lead on aggregate after goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino in the first-leg at Anfield, in which United seemed very much the lesser team.

Liverpool could well benefit from some extra time off as they had no fixture to play on the weekend, meaning that the Reds should be more fresh than their old foes, but will have to be careful as they have lost home and away to United in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils returned to Premier League action by playing out a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday that saw the Hammers remain two points above them in fifth place.

In team news, United will have to make do without Wayne Rooney (knee), Phil Jones (ankle) and Ashley Young (groin/pelvis) among others.

For the Reds, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva (thigh muscle strain) is ruled out, joining long-term injury victims Danny Ings and Joe Gomez, who both have anterior cruciate ligament problems.


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