Manchester United vs Liverpool: Premier League – live! – The Guardian

Key events

The protest march organized by The 1958 began. Good turnout and clear message.

Jurgen Klopp talks to Sky Sports. “[The injury-dispensing witch at the training ground] is not completely gone, because Naby Keita is gone. But the team we could line up today, I like a lot, and we have some good options to change. The rest is very exciting and young, but it is the situation, everything is good, we are in good shape.”

Manchester United make four changes to the side sent out at Brentford nine days ago. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Fred are all on the bench, with Anthony Elanga, Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia and Scott McTominay taking their places.

Liverpool make three changes to the side held at Anfield by Crystal Palace last week. Darwin Nunez is sent off after heading Joachim Andersen, so Roberto Firmino comes on. Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez replace Fabinho and Nat Phillips.

The teams

Manchester United: de Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia, Eriksen, McTominay, Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford.
Subs: Maguire, Ronaldo, Martial, Fred, Heaton, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, van de Beek, Grenache.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Elliott, Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Subs: Fabinho, Adrian, Tsimikas, Carvalho, Clark, Bajcetic, Phillips, van den Berg, Davies.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Casemiro in the house. The United hierarchy may be hoping that the unveiling of their new £350,000-a-week star midfielder tonight will take some of that away. Good luck with that.

He is here!
He is here! Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

A little more background on why the Manchester United fans are rebellious. Here’s our man David Conn writing last year, after a previous protest which caused the delay of this fixture…

… and a deep dive into the financial machinations of the always excellent Swiss Ramble blog.

After Manchester United’s terrible start to the season, the focus has once again turned to the Glazers. This thread will look at some of the reasons why the club’s fans might be unhappy with their owners – from a financial perspective #MUFC

— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) August 16, 2022

United fans against Glazers. Video explainer courtesy of Jamie Jackson.

Managers, players or the Glazers: what’s the problem at Manchester United? – a video

Preamble

Couple of big clashes in Manchester tonight. First, the Manchester United fan face down the Glazers. Wine for the troops, they march at 7pm BST.

Please read our plans for Liverpool at home. Also on our website.

Share, retweet and get the message out to all Reds!

It’s up to all fans to let these owners know it’s time to go!

Some things are worth fighting for…

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— The 1958 (@The__1958) August 16, 2022

Later on, the Manchester United football team welcomes Liverpool. It’s a fixture that never calls for hype, even if it often fails to live up to expectations – hey, we don’t write these rules – but because of Liverpool’s slow start, United’s dismal, the 0-5 score line last season, United’s friendly win 4-0 last month, the possible discovery of Casemiro, and the generally revolutionary atmosphere around Old Trafford, this could be an evening to remember, one way or another. Start is at 8pm. It, in so many different ways, is on.

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