It may still be October but the upcoming visit to Anfield promises to be a season-defining encounter
A win could see Jose Mourinho‘s side rise to third, firmly placing them alongside those fighting for the title, whilst a loss would see the gap between Man United and fourth spot stretch to six points.
Liverpool, in true Jurgen Klopp style, will go straight for United’s jugular from the outset, pressing with tenacious intensity and bursting forward in groups, buoyed on by what promises to be a raucous, even hostile atmosphere.
With this in mind, here are three players who Mourinho must not start next Monday.
Maroaune Fellaini: This is actually a contentious call. After all, Fellaini acted as a vital component in recent Premier League wins at Anfield. But with the likes of Saido Mane, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Philipe Coutinho bursting through the lines of midfield, the fuzzy-headed would be overwhelmed, unable to match the sheer intensity of the encounter, and it could lead to United’s midfield being over-run.
Wayne Rooney: In a remarkably short space of time, Rooney has gone from indispensable asset for club and country to nothing more than a squad player. The 30-year-old, now well and truly entering the latter stages of his career, is bereft of any confidence. One suspects Anfield is not the sort of place to accommodate his immobile, turgid style.
Marcos Rojo: The Argentine has dramatically failed to impress since Mourinho’s arrival, seemingly forgetting any sense of positional know-how at left-back, whilst bearing the figure of a man moving in slow motion at times. Sketchy, shaky, sapped of confidence, and most certainly not in the right state to enter Anfield’s cauldron.