These two bitter foes maintain been on markedly different trajectories this season, with Erik ten Hag staging something of a renaissance in his first season at worn Trafford and ending the club’s six-year trophy drought with Carabao Cup victory at Wembley last weekend.
United technically remain alive on all four fronts this term, having staged a dramatic late fightback to beat West Ham on Wednesday and seal an FA Cup quarter-final spot. They also maintain a two-legged Europa League last-16 affair against LaLiga outfit Real Betis on the horizon after ousting Barcelona in a heavyweight play-off tie.
In the league, United are currently third and 11 points adrift of leaders Arsenal heading into the weekend after back-to-back wins, but only six behind second-plot City with a game in hand. They maintain a four-point buffer to Tottenham in fourth and are eight points clear of vanquished final opponents Newcastle in fifth.
By contrast, Liverpool remain mired in a difficult season that has fallen well short of expectations, though did manage to climb to sixth and within six points of the top four after seeing off Wolves in midweek.
Their inconsistencies maintain been on full display over recent weeks, with impressive wins over Everton and Newcastle mixed in with their FA Cup exit at Brighton, dismal hammering at Wolves, turgid stalemate with struggling Crystal Palace and blowing a two-goal lead at home in a 5-2 Champions League hammering by Real Madrid.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Liverpool vs Manchester United is scheduled for a 4:30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday March 5, 2023.
The match will grasp plot at Anfield in Liverpool.
Where to watch Liverpool vs Manchester United
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage beginning at 4pm – after Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix and Nottingham Forest vs Everton on Super Sunday.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the game live online via the Sky fade app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Liverpool vs Manchester United team news
Liverpool will be without the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Joe Gomez and Luis Diaz for the visit of United, while young Calvin Ramsay will miss the rest of the season after knee surgery.
Naby Keita will be assessed after a knock, while Juventus loanee Arthur Melo has been stepping up his fitness with the Under-21s after months out with a thigh injury. There are no fresh injury concerns though for the Reds.
United were without Luke Shaw against West Ham on Wednesday due to a knock but Ten Hag confirmed he is expected to be available against Liverpool. Jadon Sancho could also return from illness.
Anthony Martial is still out with a hip issue though, while Marcus Rashford, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro should return to the side having been on the bench in midweek. Midfielders Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are long-term absentees.
Liverpool vs Manchester United prediction
United will head to Merseyside bursting with confidence after such a strong rush under the celebrated Ten Hag across all competitions and with a trophy already in the bag.
The only question for the Red Devils at the moment is if they can handle the sheer demands of such a busy schedule, with 41 games racked up already this term. That will become 65 if they manage to fade all the way in the FA Cup and Europa League.
Martial’s ongoing issues and Eriksen absence aside, they are looking okay on the injury front just at the moment and in the formidable Rashford boast the form player in world football.
Liverpool continue to be racked with inconsistency, though Jurgen Klopp will hope his team are capable of rising to the challenge against their fiercest rivals after gaining something to build on against Wolves.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
United had lost three games in a row against Liverpool until August, when Sancho and Rashford struck at a bouncing worn Trafford to give Ten Hag his first Premier League win as boss.
Liverpool wins: 80
Man United wins: 90
Liverpool vs Manchester United match odds
Liverpool to win: 11/8
Man United to win: 19/10
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).