Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed the reasons behind his most notable change to the starting line-up - Juan Mata coming in for Paul Pogba - when speaking to the media shortly before Saturday's lunch-time match.
When asked why the club's record signing Pogba was not among the starters or seven substitutes, the United boss revealed:
“He is injured. [It happened] yesterday in training, an unlucky situation, and he is out. I don't know how long he is out for.”
Turning to the inclusion of Mata, who made an influential substitute appearance in Monday's win at Crystal Palace, Mourinho said:
“I trust his experience. I trust his capacity to move into areas where he can connect our game because he is intelligent. Liverpool is a strong team on the counter-attack and in transition.”
HOW UNITED STARTED AGAINST LIVERPOOL
De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young; Matic, McTominay; Mata, Rashford, Alexis; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Shaw, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard.