To be played on Saturday 12th September 2015 at 17:30. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Odds: Man Utd 28/29, Draw 51/19, Liverpool 7/2
Much of the build up to this game for the home side has been dominated by whether David De Gea will be welcomed back into the Manchester United side by Louis van Gaal.
Prior to the closure of the transfer window, van Gaal left De Gea out of his starting line-up, with many believing that he was destined to join Real Madrid, but his transfer fell through and now he has signed a new contract with the club. The indications are that he will take the place of Sergio Romero, who has been selected in the Spaniard's absence.
In terms of both side's start to the season, they will have been disappointed with the defeats that followed their two wins and a draw prior to the international break, in particular Liverpool who were humiliated at home to West Ham United.
Already, with both teams five points off the pace of Manchester City at the top of the table, there is a feeling that a win for either side will be more of a blow in terms of the top four chase rather than the title race, but at this stage of the season there is a lot of time for things to change for both, and a win for either could be the springboard they need.
In terms of personnel, the visitors are going to be without their key man in Philippe Coutinho, who is suspended, while Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are facing a struggle in their battle to be fit for this contest, and there is an outside chance that Daniel Sturridge could be part of the Liverpool squad after returning to first team training.
- David de Gea
- Matteo Darmian
- Luke Shaw
- Chris Smalling
- Daley Blind
- Ander Herrera
- Juan Mata
- Morgan Schneiderlin
- Bastian Schweinsteiger
- Memphis Depay
- Wayne Rooney
- Simon Mignolet
- Nathaniel Clyne
- Joseph Gomez
- Dejan Lovren
- Martin Skrtel
- Emre Can
- Lucas Leiva
- James Milner
- Christian Benteke
- Danny Ings
- Roberto Firmino
Michael Carrick ★ probable calf
Phil Jones ★★★ out blood clot
Jordan Henderson ★★ questionable Heel
Daniel Sturridge ★★ questionable hip
Jon Flanagan ★★★ out knee
Adam Lallana ★★ questionable thigh
Joe Allen ★★★ out hamstring
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