By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
When Manchester United and Liverpool take to the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday, two teams will be stepping out with wildly contrasting fortunes.
Liverpool are currently enjoying their greatest period for 30 years – champions of Europe, eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and on a winning streak in the league that has lasted 17 games, with eight of those triumphs coming from their opening eight games this season. Win at Old Trafford and they’ll equal the record for most consecutive Premier League victories.
United, meanwhile, couldn’t be much more off the pace if they tried. While Liverpool are riding a crest of a Jurgen Klopp-shaped wave, the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are experiencing their worst start to a league season in 30 years, sitting just two points clear of the relegation zone. Lose on Sunday and, whisper it quietly, they could even drop into the bottom three.
Such are the circumstances around this game that United come into this one as officially the biggest price they’ve ever been with William Hill in Premier League history to beat Liverpool at Old Trafford, at 17/4 – that being despite Liverpool not having won there since 2014 and never during Klopp’s time at the club.
“Even towards the end of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford, just before the 3-0 defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ high flying Reds in 2014, Manchester United went off at 8/5 to win the match, which made them favourites,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “A perfect storm of Manchester United’s poor form, Liverpool’s winning run and the loss of David de Gea has resulted in the Red Devils going off at the biggest price they have ever been to beat Liverpool at home.”
If that wasn’t worrying enough for United fans, the Red Devils are also the second biggest price ever with William Hill to win a Premier League match at Old Trafford; the only time they’ve been bigger was at the end of last season when they were 6/1 to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Any hope for Solskjaer and United?
This all paints a picture of doom and gloom around Old Trafford – and one that suggests Solskjaer doesn’t have too much more time left in the job.
The United manager says the club are going through a rebuilding process and that he needs more time. And perhaps he is right, given his first 29 Premier League games so far at United have actually produced a better points return than Klopp’s opening 29 matches, with a total of 49 to 47. Klopp experienced a fairly subdued start to life at Liverpool but the rest, as they say, is history.
How long Solskjaer sticks around at United is another story, but it’s hard to see how his side will be able to muster up a performance of the calibre needed to stop Liverpool at present.
Even with Liverpool set to make a late call on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip, the Reds have been in irresistible form and that should continue at Old Trafford, particularly with Alisson knocking on the door for a return to the team from injury and United likely to be without De Gea as well as Paul Pogba. Favourites Liverpool are 13/20 to leave Manchester with all three points.
United, though, could welcome back Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Martial in particular starting the season strong before succumbing to injury. Martial is 5/2 to get on the scoresheet anytime on Sunday, with Solskjaer’s side 29/10 for the draw.
Liverpool’s form player this season has arguably been Sadio Mane and he is 7/2 to score first or 11/10 to score anytime. You can also get enhanced odds of 11/4 for the Reds to score over two goals at Old Trafford on what could turn out to be a very memorable day for the club.