Manchester United v Liverpool: Team news, Predicted XI

Manchester United v Liverpool
during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 16, 2016 in Manchester, England.

By Andy Hyslop

  • Young and Borthwick-Jackson return to full training
  • Schweinsteiger in contention to start after two substitute appearances
  • Mata available after domestic suspension

Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Thursday looking to overturn a two deficit after a woeful performances at Anfield last Thursday.

Goals from Sturridge and Firmino gave Liverpool a two nil win in a game which United struggled to keep possession of the football and were thankful to De Gea, otherwise the tie may already have been out of reach.

If United are to overturn the first-leg result, they will have to make a quick and put the Liverpool defence under pressure from the first minute.

One goal for Liverpool will mean United will need to score at least four on the night if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.

Both managers must be viewing this competition as their best chance of qualifying for next seasons Champions League give their positions in the Premier League table.

Team News

Louis Van Gaal said at his pre-match press conference that the game is too early for Schweinsteiger to make his first start since returning from injury.

Van Gaal also said that the game was too early for Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia to feature in the squad.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has also returned to first-team training this week but is unlikely to feature in this game.

Juan Mate is available for selection once again after serving his one-match domestic ban. Mata’s freshness is likely to see him return to the starting line-up.

Guillermo Varela limped off in the final few minutes of the FA Cup tie with West Ham, but took a full part in training today.

Prediction XI

We feel that United are likely to make several changes from the line-up against West Ham. One change is likely to be Darmian coming in for Varela.

While Morgan Schneiderlin is likely to return to the starting line-up after sitting on the bench against West Ham. We believe Schneiderlin is likely to replace Carrick.

In attack, Mata is likely to be restored to the starting eleven in the No.10 role, probably replacing fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera.

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