Preview: Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Just seven days after playing out a goalless draw in the Premier League, Bitter rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool will renew their hostilities in the FA Cup 4th round on Sunday.
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford in the midst of their worst goal drought for almost 20 years, whereas the hosts are flying high and now have a six-point lead over the champions at the top of the Premier League table.
Since hitting Crystal Palace for seven before Christmas, Liverpool have scored just once in their last five league games and have failed to find the back of the net in any of their last four - their longest drought since May 2000.
Indeed, the Reds have had a whopping 87 shots since last scoring in the league - including 27 against Burnley - but the concerning element of that will be that only a handful of those shots have come in clear-cut chances. The FA Cup could provide a welcome distraction from those league woes, and Liverpool’s only goals and only win so far in 2021 came in the third round of the competition.
Man United, by contrast, have not failed to make it to at least the quarter-finals since 2013-14, and in a stark reflection of the differing fortunes of these two clubs in recent months, many will consider them to be favourites to progress again on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side edged to a 1-0 victory over Watford in the third round, making it seven wins and seven clean sheets from their last seven home FA Cup outings.
In all competitions Man United have now lost just one of their last 12 outings since being knocked out of the Champions League, most recently coming from behind away from home yet again to overcome Fulham on Wednesday night.
Manchester United FA Cup form: W
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Liverpool FA Cup form: W
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