Manchester United vs Liverpool preview, betting tips and prediction: Mourinho to harness rampant Reds again

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Jose Mourinho is known not to fear unpopular opinion when it comes to his approach to the big games. The Manchester United boss often looks to contain his opponents and hit them on the counter attack. With their game this weekend against Liverpool, one of the most attacking sides in Europe, let alone England, taking place at Old Trafford his attitude may change a little. But as the Reds have emerged as United’s main threat for second place in the Premier League this season, and because they are currently ahead in the race, he may aim to take a draw or steal a win. A tight, closed affair will suit United down to the ground because Liverpool have proven themselves devastating in attack when given space. This one may be a low scorer.

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The hope for Mourinho will be that his team can repeat their showing in the Spurs game from earlier this season. On that day, United successfully nullified the attacking threat of Mauricio Pochettino’s men and struck late through Anthony Martial. If Liverpool get an early goal, it could all be different, but they struggled against Newcastle’s low defensive block last week. We have this one down as a narrow home win.

Form

Goals have not been an issue for Liverpool this season, with Mo Salah taking his tally to 32 against Newcastle. The Reds have eased through games lately, beating West Ham 4-1 and Porto 5-0 away in the Champions League before finishing the job with a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Anfield.

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United showed their grit, determination and ability to score goals from different areas in Monday’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.

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Phil Jones is still absent for United, but Liverpool have no issues to contend with.

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