Man Utd face a must-win clash against Liverpool in the Premier League

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Still one of the most hotly-anticipated Premier League contests of the season, Manchester United versus Liverpool has had some truly barn-storming games in years gone by. Two of the most dominant clubs in domestic and European football, the match has lessened in significance in recent seasons over their differing plights.

The Red Devils have fallen off their perch dramatically since Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit, whilst the Merseyside club have enjoyed a renaissance under Jurgen Klopp. Two sides that appear to be heading in opposite directions meet on Sunday in the Premier League, and recent form indicates a rather comfortable win for the visitors at Old Trafford.

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A defeat at home to their bitter rivals cannot be entertained. But arguably, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face a must-win clash, rather than a must-not-lose encounter. Lying in 12th place in the league, and just two points off the drop zone, United are in the midst of a truly dark period in their history – their total of nine points from their opening eight games is their lowest total since the 1989/1990 campaign.

The pressure has intensified dramatically on Solskjaer and his players after another bitter blow before the international break, when they lost to a struggling Newcastle. Reports have suggested the Norwegian could be facing the sack, and a potential defeat to Liverpool could well be the nail in the coffin.

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But, all is not lost. For all the turmoil, Old Trafford will be at its rocking best on Sunday when Liverpool turn up. The visitors have enjoyed a flawless start to the campaign, and what better way to kick-start your season than by ending that run? United famously stopped the Invincibles’ 49-game unbeaten run in 2004, and the result catapulted them to a period of dominance for the rest of the decade.

Whilst a victory over Liverpool would be unlikely to cause such a similar effect now, it could be the turning point to which the fans, players and the manager rally around. The Red Devils are in desperate need of a history-defining result. Solskjaer’s emphasis on rebuilding the club with a core of young British players and academy prospects is promising, but it needs a sense of validation after a series of poor performances.

Who will win in the clash between Man Utd and Liverpool?

Man Utd

Man Utd

Liverpool

Liverpool

Draw

Draw

A win against Klopp’s men on Sunday would do exactly that.

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