Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford happened to be the biggest showdown today and the two most successful English clubs were sent crashing back to earth in Match Day 4 of the new Premier League season, suffering gut-wrenching defeats to Swansea and West Ham, respectively.
The English giants will look to get their campaigns back on track when they square off with each other in a mouth-watering showdown that promises to be tactically and technically predicted duo to the qualities of players the clubs would be parading.
Manchester United saw their three-game unbeaten run come to an end on August 30 with a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Swansea. Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis cancelled out Juan Mata’s opening goal to give the Swans the shock victory.
For Luis Van Gaal team to return to the win column today against Liverpool, they need to get their act together on the offensive end. The Red Devils have scored just three goals in their opening four matches, eighth-worst in the entire Premier League. The onus is on Wayne Rooney to start banging in the goals for the Red Devils. Rooney, who led United in scoring last season, has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this campaign.
Rooney nabbed a majestic hat-trick against Club Bruges on August 27 that ensured United’s qualification in the Champions League this season. He also scored a late penalty in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland in a recent Euro 2016 qualifier that helped him break Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record for England.
Just like United, Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an abrupt halt on Match Day 4. The Reds suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss to West Ham, their first defeat to the Hammers at Anfield in 52 years. The Reds have grabbed just a point in their last two league assignments as they slid down to seventh place in the team standings.
It will not get any easier for Liverpool, as standing in their way today are the 20-time English champions Manchester United. They have struggled mightily against the Red Devils in their recent encounters, tasting defeat in five of their last seven Premier League meetings. United grabbed a league double against Liverpool last season, outscoring their bitter rivals, 5-1.
For Liverpool to snap their losing skid against United, it would be paramount that they improve on their play on the offensive end. The Reds have failed to find the back of the net in their last two league matches. Even though Liverpool dominated possession in their last game against West Ham, the Reds only managed just one shot on target. That simply will not do against a United side that have conceded just two goals this season, the best defensive record in the Premier League this campaign.
With their best player Philippe Coutinho suspended for the match against United because of a recent red card, the onus is on Christian Benteke to carry the scoring load for the Reds. The Belgian international, who signed a blockbuster deal with Liverpool this past summer, has scored just a single goal in his opening four matches for the Reds this season.

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