Who will be our Man of the Match at Anfield?

Saturday 16 January 2021 08:00

The eyes of the football world will be on Anfield this Sunday when Premier League leaders Manchester United face second-placed Liverpool, hoping to move six points clear at the top.

Everybody has an opinion on the big game and thousands of fans are sharing them via the United Predictions game in our Official App.

It challenges supporters to correctly name the starting XI, first scorer, result and Man of the Match, all for points and the chance to win a signed shirt. 

Here, in advance of the 16:30 GMT kick-off, three club reporters explain their selections for our MOTM and most influential player on Merseyside…


Sam Carney writes…

The Spaniard has come up trumps for United in this fixture before, with his incredible stretch to deny Joel Matip in October 2017’s goalless draw at Anfield arguably the pick of the bunch. 

Whatever the table says and however you look at the recent form, Liverpool are unbeaten in 67 Premier League games at home – they aren’t going to let that record slip without a fight. 

I’m expecting an end-to-end encounter, with plenty of chances for both front threes. De Gea will need to be on his toes to keep up his impressive record against Mane, Salah and co.


Adam Marshall writes…

Rashford has caused Trent Alexander-Arnold problems in the past and, although the full-back is exceptional going forward, he can be exposed by the pace and ability of somebody like our no.10.  

I think Marcus will relish coming up against his England colleague and, without Virgil van Dijk to sweep up, the Merseysiders will be wary of facing somebody who has done well against them in the past, albeit mainly at Old Trafford. 

He missed this fixture last season and has been very productive on the road. Whatever system Ole deploys, you can be sure Marcus is likely to be a key weapon in it.


Mark Froggatt writes…

With Anthony Martial facing a late fitness test, El Matador could start up front and it is worth noting he has an excellent record on Merseyside this season, having scored twice across our league and cup successes over Everton at Goodison Park. 

Cavani’s experience, street smarts and world-class movement could be crucial against an injury-plagued Liverpool defence that is perhaps a little unsure of itself. 

Edinson has previously faced our rivals on four occasions with former clubs Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, registering two assists in the process, but could his first goal arrive on Sunday? Maybe it is just the thought of a Uruguayan striker scoring for United at Anfield, but I’ve got a good feeling about our no.7.

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