Dugout Discussion

Salah misses out as Alisson and de Gea recover from injury to start

The only Premier League match to take place this Sunday is a big one, with league leaders Liverpool hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season against old foes Manchester United.

Kick-off at Old Trafford is at 16:30 BST.

The headline team news sees Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) miss out through injury, with Jurgen Klopp telling Sky Sports ahead of the match:

Mo was not ready, that’s how it is. He couldn’t train with the team; I don’t know where it came from that everybody said he will play. There was pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday [in the Champions League], we have to see.

With Salah missing out, Sadio Mane (£11.8m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.6m) are joined in a front three by Divock Origi (£5.3m).

Alisson (£5.8m) and Joel Matip (£5.5m) have been passed fit to play, however, and rejoin the visitors’ backline in place of Adrian (£4.6m) and Dejan Lovren (£5.3m).

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m), Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) maintain their ever-present records in the top flight this season.

Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having said he was unlikely to play, David de Gea (£5.5m) has recovered from the groin injury that he sustained on international duty and takes his place between the posts for the Red Devils.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m) has also recovered from tonsillitis, joining what may well be a back five for the hosts given that Ashley Young (£5.4m), Marcos Rojo (£4.8m), Harry Maguire (£5.4m) and Victor Lindelof (£5.4m) all start.

Luke Shaw (£5.4m) has failed to recover, however, while Paul Pogba (£8.4m) misses out as expected.

Anthony Martial (£7.5m) is fit enough to be among the substitutes and joins Mason Greenwood (£4.4m) on the bench.

With Martial not in the starting XI, Marcus Rashford (£8.4m) looks set to lead the line again.

The corresponding fixture to this game ended 0-0 in 2018/19.

This re-match indeed sees a meeting between the two sides with the best expected goals conceded (xGC) tallies in the top flight, although that tightness in defence hasn’t translated into too many clean sheets: United and Liverpool have just two each so far this season.

At the other end of the pitch, the Red Devils have the third-worst xG from open play among Premier League clubs.

Mane was the most-bought player of Gameweek 9, with Salah the most-sold.

Wan-Bissaka and de Gea were also shipped out by almost 400,000 Fantasy managers combined.

Salah was the fifth-most-captained player of Gameweek 9, although it’s probably fair to assume that a decent chunk of the 634,160 FPL bosses who handed him the armband may have given up the ghost already.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelöf, Rojo, Young, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, James, Rashford.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mané, Firmino, Origi.

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1,461 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RealVirg
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Oh you rotten scotch egg I love eating you!

  2. FOO FIGHTER
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    UTD flip flapping now

  3. HollywoodXI
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    I’m watching the game. Firmino touched that.

  4. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    come on pool grab the winner

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Mane or Trent, do something good

  6. Slouch87 Scott Talent
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    The genius who is OGS goes into defensive mode and what happens ?

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      I don’t get why teams do this - it just asks for trouble

  7. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Pool looking like getting a winner here

  8. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Martial looks lively

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    A fit Lallana like a new signing...

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Looks off the pace to me except the goal. Ox looks more lively

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Salah owners with Rico 1st sub the real winners.

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      🙂

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      (Not me. Got Mané on WC, vary of the Salah flag...)

  11. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Mane’s been none existent for the majority of this game

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      He has done absolutely nothing second half - no doubt he will score the winner

  12. Pedram
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Shameful football from Man UTD, defending with 11 men to protect a draw

    1. Stoic
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Every point matters for em

  13. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Man U desperately trying to hold on to a point v Liverpool at home ain't a great look for all those sponsorship deals

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      😆

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Ole playing the United way

  15. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Cmon Utd

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      I was just going to say this

    2. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      said no one ever

  16. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Who is Brandon Williams

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Indeed

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        Not quite the same strength in depth as City

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 11 hours ago

          The next superstar if he scores

    2. MeatPieSausageRoll
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Utd player - he’s just come on

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Son of the Williams’

      1. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        Can't be sure.

    4. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Defender. Priced at £4.0m in FPL.

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      The third Wayans brother

  17. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Ole bringing on a teen in the last few mins. That's risky.

    1. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      He plays the kids (for 2 mins)

  18. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Man U bringing an 11 year old on

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Quality left-back.

  19. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Mane lays it on a plate for Ox, but sitter missed

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      4 minutes ago.

    2. Don Van White Jam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Wouldn't describe that chance as a 'sitter'.

  20. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Brandon Williams is quality. Future first team player.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Unfortunately we aren’t in the future and he is in the first team now

    2. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      That isn't a high bar at the moment...

  21. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Worst ever Gw following my previous worst ever Gw.

    Two worst ever GwS.

    After my best ever start.

  22. Sailboats
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Please below the whistle ref

  23. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    A dire gw for almost all, dont panic fellas ...

  24. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    That wasn't handball.

  25. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Deductions likely for Rashford to give Robbo the 3 bonus?

    1. Crystal Alice
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      I’d like that

    2. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Nah imo

  26. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    1-1 FT

    Mane didn't punish the Salah owners.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Rico punished the Mané owners.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        but I have Rico & Mané 🙁

  27. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    How has james looked today?

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Quick.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Streetwise

    3. hsakrujd
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      The best in Mutd

    4. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      Impressive. Worked hard at both ends, and was dangerous on the counter. Good cross for Rashford's goal.

      This is the kind of game he thrives in. A bus usually stops him.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 11 hours ago

        Cheers. Sounds like not a priority to shift given fixtures then.

    5. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      A cheat who got what was coming to him?

  28. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Ggs. Down to Lunny and Hendo tomorrow to take me over 40

  29. Dannyb
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Well done United, another fine performance to cap off the weekend.

  30. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 11 hours ago

    Was Mane playing in the 2nd half?

    1. dark91
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 11 hours ago

      He was an unused sub today