Manchester United can go to within two points of second-placed Liverpool with a win against Jurgen Klopp’s side on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho‘s men head into the game full of confidence after picking up their ninth successive win on Tuesday against Hull City in the League Cup semi-final first leg.
Many have dubbed the encounter at Old Trafford as Man United’s chance to affirm whether they can indeed challenge for the Premier League this season.
With that in mind, here are three players that must start against Liverpool on Sunday.
The Spaniard once again demonstrated his worth against Hull, acting as a central component to United’s attacking onslaught and grabbing the all-important opener after 56 minutes. His substitution in the second half was perhaps an indication of Mourinho looking to keep him fresh for Sunday.
Marcus Rashford displayed plenty of energy and tenacity at No.9 against Marcos Silva’s side but struggled to impose himself in front of goal. Zlatan, on the other hand, has ten goals in his last ten games, and the Swede will be chomping at the bit following two games on the sidelines.
With Marcos Rojo likely to miss out on Sunday with a muscular problem, this is a superb opportunity for Smalling – who has only made six Premier League starts this season – to assert himself on Mourinho’s starting XI with a commanding display alongside Phil Jones.