Manchester United Face Liverpool In The Weekend’s Biggest FA Cup Fourth Round Clash
The FA Cup Third Round provided us with a notable shock result as Premier League outfit Leeds United were well beaten 3-0 by League Two side Crawley Town.
That was undeniably the biggest shock of the round but the headline matchup when the FA Cup Fourth Round draw took place was the game at Old Trafford where old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool will clash once again.
The teams actually last played each other this past weekend at Anfield, where a rather tepid and uninspiring encounter finished in a dour 0-0 draw.
Both managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp may well elect to make a couple of changes to their squad for this game given it is the FA Cup, but I would be surprised if either put out a massively weakened side given that this is a fierce rivalry and one that both sets of fans will be desperate to win.
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Both Liverpool and Manchester United enjoy growing fanbases in the United States and all over the world, so the interest in this game is going to be huge. So who is going to win and what will the teams line up like over the weekend? Let’s take a closer look now with our preview of the big game.
Manchester United V Liverpool FA Cup Fourth Round Preview
These two teams met last weekend at Anfield and played out a rather dull 0-0 draw. United had the two best chances in that game, both denied by fine saves from Alisson, with Liverpool once again failing to score for the third game in a row. The Reds face Burnley in midweek ahead of this game, with United also playing away to Fulham.
Liverpool have dropped to fourth in the Premier League table after their run of poor recent form. United are top of the table three points ahead, but Manchester City are second and have a game in hand on both their rivals.
Head To Head & Recent History
The teams have met 233 times in their histories and United lead the way with 88 wins to Liverpool’s 77 with 68 games between the two teams drawn.
In fact, in the last ten games between the teams, draws have been a common theme with seven of these games finishing as draws (four 0-0, three 1-1), with Liverpool winning two and United the other game in that series.
United come into this game in excellent form though having not been beaten in their last 12 Premier League games, while Liverpool have won just twice away from home in the Premier League this season.
Notable FA Cup Ties
The teams have met 18 times in total in the FA Cup in the competitions history, the first match coming back in 1898 (which ended in a 0-0 draw, before Liverpool won the replay 2-1 at Anfield).
Additionally, both teams have contested two FA Cup Finals, in 1977 and in 1996 with Manchester United winning on both occasions (2-1 in 1977, 1-0 in 1996).
In more recent times, the teams have met three times in the FA Cup since 2006. Liverpool winning twice (1-0 in February 2006 and 2-1 in January 2012) and United once (a 1-0 win back in January 2011).
Man Utd Team News
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have a relatively strong squad to select from for this game and while he tends to rest players in FA Cup games, I am not so sure he will do so for this one knowing what a win over Liverpool could do for his team’s confidence. As such, I expect him to name a pretty strong line up for this game, with just perhaps a couple of tactical tweaks based on how he saw the game at Anfield unfold.
Probable United XI: (4-2-3-1) – Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.
Liverpool Team News
Jurgen Klopp does tend to rotate his players for FA Cup games but I expect him to pick a strong team for this one, keeping the majority of his key players in the team. I can see Minamino perhaps starting for Firmino due to the Brazilian’s lack of form, while I can see Milner and Henderson coming into midfield, with Matip restored in defence if his return from fitness is confirmed.
Probable Liverpool XI: (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Fabinho, Matip. Henderson, Milner, Thiago, Mane, Minamino Salah.
Man Utd V Liverpool FA Cup Tips
The game at Anfield last week was extremely dull but I expect this one to be a bit more entertaining with both teams knowing a result is required on the day. I think a couple of changes in personnel may well help both teams and this is a game where I can see goals.
I just feel though that United’s form and belief is such at the moment that they are favourites here and I would back them to take the win in extra time after a draw at 90 minutes (12/5) My preference would be for a 1-1 draw at 90 minutes (11/2 with bet365) but for United to perhaps clinch a 2-1 victory in extra time.
Other FA Cup Ties
It is worth remembering that the United v Liverpool clash is not the only FA Cup tie this weekend, there are a number of other games taking place from Friday to Sunday and the full set of fixtures, with the kick off times for each, is outlined below.
All kick off times shown are GMT and are 3pm unless stated
Friday 22nd January
- Chorley Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers – 7.45pm
Saturday 23rd January
- Southampton or Shrewsbury Town v Arsenal – 12.15pm
- Brighton v Blackpool
- Millwall v Bristol City
- Barnsley v Norwich City
- Sheffield United v Plymouth Argyle
- West Ham v Doncaster Rovers
- Bournemouth v Crawley Town
- Swansea City v Nottingham Forest
- Cheltenham Town v Manchester City – 5.30pm
Sunday 24th January
- Chelsea v Luton Town – 12pm
- Fulham v Burnley – 2.30pm
- Brentford v Leicester City – 2.30pm
- Manchester United v Liverpool – 5pm
- Everton v Sheffield Wednesday – 8pm
Monday 25th January
- Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur – 7.45pm
All ties will be played over 90 minutes, with extra time and then penalties used to decide the winner on the day if required.
The draw for the FA Cup Fifth Round has already been made, and those ties will be played in a few weeks time in February.