Here come the players as the in-house atmopshere raises following the anti-Glazer protests which have been staged tonight – sending a clear message to the owners. What will the 90 minutes have in store. Bruno Fernandes leads out United as captain.
Casemiro has been welcomed onto the Old Trafford pitch and will get to watch his new teammates first-hand over the next 90 minutes or so. Scott McTominey and Christian Eriksen start in central midfield tonight with Bruno Fernandes – who has been named captain – operating in the number 10 position.
We know Liverpool are a really good team and you need to press them. You have to do that out of a block and need energy, that is why we went with Rashford, Sancho and Elanga.Varane is a very experienced player, won everything and will bring the communication in the back four. We want mobility and agility in the back four.
Erik ten Hag will be hailed a hero if it pays off, but his decision to start Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia on the left side of the defence is a very, very brave call. While it is no secret that Luke Shaw has had a poor start to the campaign, his decision to hand Malacia a first Premier League start, when tasked with stopping Mohamed Salah, is a huge gamble.
Salah destroyed United last season and will be hungry to do it again. He will target Martinez and Malacia as potential weaknesses.
Martinez was all over the place against Brentford and, with respect, is up against far superior attackers this evening. It’s a big night for him and Malacia.
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