One of the first matches every Premier League fan marks on their calendar at the start of the season, Liverpool vs Manchester United, is less than 10 days away. Though the international break has only increased the desperation of the fans to see Jurgen Klopp’s inform Reds take on the Red Devils who are not at their best at the moment, there is no shortage of discussions about the game even this long before the kick-off. One of the biggest topics of discussions is the combination of the sides that should be fielded on the night at Anfield. Both clubs have their selection problems but Jose Mourinho might have to take the bigger decisions given that most his squad might be fit for this game. So here are three players who should not make it into the starting XI against the Reds:
So here are three players who should not make it into the starting XI against the Reds:
A top class player when given time and space on the ball, Wayne Rooney has shown that age is finally catching him up, in recent games. He has not been able to keep up with the Manchester United’s attacks in the final third and has just not been able to have any kind of an impact on the squad. He has looked lethargic at times in possession this season and that is something United can ill-afford on their trip to Anfield. Klopp’s side will be in full force on the night hurrying the United players and Wayne Rooney will, at one point of a time, become a liability. Though he can create a bit of a magic out of nowhere, Mourinho cannot gamble with him, especially in his current form.
The early midfield problems that Manchester United showed in their three back to back losses last month looked to have been solved after Mourinho decided to ditch Belgian international Marouane Fellaini to start Ander Herrera alongside Paul Pogba in midfield. Though Herrera is a decent player who will keep the Liverpool attacker’s honest, he is not the kind of a player who will be able to run the midfield at Anfield. He needs more game time under his belt to get into the groove and pushing him into the midfield against one of the best-attacking sides in the league could be suicidal. Moreover, Fellaini provides the physical strength and ariel ability that can get the better of the Liverpool players and he should be preferred ahead of Herrera for this game.
Having cemented a place at left-back for the club in the last few games, the Dutch international will face his toughest test yet at Anfield next weekend. He has been decent at the back for the Red Devils, sticking to his task and keeping his side of the field away from danger but he will be up against one of the trickiest wingers in the league in Sadio Mane. The Senegalese international is in red-hot form at the moment and will take on Blind every chance he gets as he knows that he has a direct advantage over the left-back when it comes to pace. Blind is a decent defender but his acceleration and speed on the turf is not the best even in his team. He will be targeted by the home side next weekend and might be a weak link for the visitors. Mourinho should make sure that there is no complacency in the squad and having Blind face off, Mane might spell shambles for his side