Manchester United begin the most crucial phase of their season with two pulsating derbies inside four days. First of which is a Europa League round of the 16 second leg tie vs. Liverpool, where United trail Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-0 from the first leg.
A lot will be on the stake for Louis Van Gaal, who is fighting for his job after some mediocre results in recent months. As for Liverpool, they have been on a high under Klopp and look certain to qualify for the Europa League Quarter Finals unless a dramatic comeback from The Red Devils.
Ahead of the massive game between English football’s biggest rivals, we take a look at three key questions which ought to be answered as Manchester United welcome Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Will Liverpool attack United at Old Trafford?
There have been a lot of things said by former Liverpool players where Jurgen Klopp has been advised to attack Manchester United in the second leg, and not sit on their first leg lead. Klopp is naturally an attacking manager, and given the players he has, Liverpool would hunt for early goals and look to kill the game off in first 20-30 minutes of the tie.
Will Van Gaal pick his best XI?
Louis Van Gaal has been given a mini boost with Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Bastian Schweinsteiger returning from injuries, however, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind will miss the game tonight. Van Gaal has irritated the United fans by playing Marouane Fellaini in central midfield, so it will be interesting to see Van Gaal’s starting XI vs. Liverpool.
Will Old Trafford keep patience with their team?
Manchester United fans are very peculiar about not losing to their arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. Seeing the evident dip in standards at Old Trafford, fans will have to play a key role in supporting their team regardless of the result. However, this season has tested the patience of United’s fans and it will interesting to see how fans react if the result does not go their way.
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