By Ollie Cranham-Young
- Michael Carrick fit for game despite leaving England squad with injury
- De Gea in contention to return after signing new deal
- Martial will be hoping to make his home debut
Venue: Old Trafford Date and Kick-Off: Saturday 12 September 5.30pm
Following nearly a 2 week international break, Premier League action returns this weekend with a Saturday night blockbuster, none other than the biggest fixture in club football, Manchester United v Liverpool.
United did the double over Liverpool last year and Louis Van Gaal’s men will be looking to secure a third consecutive win over the Scousers, providing they get the three points on Saturday night, and with a home advantage, Van Gaal’s men have a massive boost. There isn’t much to separate United and Liverpool currently, they are both on exactly the same amount of points (seven) and have both lost their last league game.
United and Liverpool lost to Swansea and West Ham respectively, and no disrespect to West Ham, but Swansea are a much stronger side and Liverpool suffered a heavier defeat as well. To summarise, both clubs have had shaky starts to the new campaign, with goals hard to come by, but we hope that changes on Saturday and hope we can anticipate nothing short of a goal-fest from Old Trafford
Manchester United Team News
With the news this morning that David De Gea has signed a new contract at Old Trafford, following the collapse of his move to Madrid. The question now is whether Van Gaal will restore De Gea between the sticks for United. When asked about this in his press conference. Van Gaal told the gathered press that you’ll have wait and see, we need to access him in training.
Van Gaal was also asked about new signing Anthony Martial and whether he would be slowly introduced into the United side. Van Gaal acknowledges that United have probably overpaid for the French teenager, but feels he is the best 19-year old around and its worth taking the risk. if we didn’t sign him now, his price may have gone up by £10million next summer.
On the injury front, Van Gaal confirmed that Andreas Pereira is the only player to return from International duty with an injury. Michael Carrick is fit and available despite leaving the England camp with an injury. Phil Jones is still unavailable with illness, saying that they hope to have him back in training next week; once the club has spoken to the specialist about him.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool will be without arguably their best player in Philipe Coutinho, who is suspended following two yellow cards in Liverpool’s home defeat to West Ham, and striker Daniel Sturridge will definitely miss out with a hip injury. Liverpool also could be without players such as Adam Lallana, Joe Allen, John Flanagan and skipper Jordan Henderson.
Predicted Manchester United Starting XI: