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