In that occurrence, should City triumph at Stoke on Monday, they will have the opportunity to win the league on March 31 at Goodison Park by claiming three points. By contrast, Mourinho’s United are slugging away to retain a place at the top table, reliant on their boss’ winning knowhow and the game-changing brilliance of individuals within an unquestionably talented squad.
Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have both missed out with knocks in recent weeks but Jose Mourinho will be hoping that at least Rojo might make it for Saturday.
Mohamed Salah has scored in five successive games for Liverpool in the Premier League.
They have qualified for the Quarter Finals of the Champions League for the first time in nine years. Virgil van Dijk was an unused sub in the UCL tie against Porto and should be back in action, alongside Dejan Lovren, who put in a solid performance on Tuesday.
Martial’s current deal has less than 16 months left, and United are thought to be prepared to offer the Frenchman a 12-month extension to ensure he remains at Old Trafford for the time being. Add in a Spurs win over Bournemouth, and the Reds will suddenly find themselves in fourth, four points clear of Chelsea.
Adam Lallana will be pushing for a League start after being named in the first 11 in the midweek Champions League encounter. Both Martial and Rashford have throughout the season maintained a healthy competition for a spot in the starting 11 keeping in mind their chances in the national side ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2019.
They have lost just once in their last 20 Premier League matches (W14, D5).
The league can be all-but won when City face Everton due due to their superior goal difference should the above scenario happen but Liverpool defeat Crystal Palace on March 31.
Last four meetings between these two sides have ended in draws.
Ander Herrera will definitely be unavailable as the Spaniard has a muscle injury while Daley Blind will also miss out as he looks to continue rehab on an ankle issue.
As ever when the two rivals go head to head, there are plenty of sub-plots and we’ve picked out six topics up for discussion ahead of Saturday’s showdown… While we shouldn’t play for a draw, a draw would still be an acceptable result.
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