Manchester United VS Liverpool Football Match Score 22 Aug 2022
Liverpool took Man City all the way in the Premier League last season, missing out on the title by just a single point, while they won an FA Cup and EFL Cup double last term, beating Chelsea in both finals. The Reds suffered disappointment in the Champions League, though, losing to Real Madrid, and the team will have to find last season’s level relatively quickly if they are to stay in touch with Man City in terms of the Premier League table, as Pep Guardiola’s side look overwhelmingly strong once again. Even a defeat on Monday would not make it panic stations for Liverpool, but Man City only dropped points in nine of their 38 Premier League matches last season, and two points from their opening three matches would be a poor return for Klopp’s team considering their level over the last few years.
While Man United have lost their last four Premier League matches, including their last two fixtures of the 2021-22 campaign, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 21 league games; the statistics point to an away victory on Monday, but there are certain circumstances surrounding the match that will give Man United hope. While the Red Devils are scrambling around for new signings late in the window, Liverpool’s business is seemingly complete, with Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay arriving this summer; there has been talk of a new midfielder arriving, but the Merseyside giants are allegedly prepared to wait until next year to sign leading target Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.
The two defeats, coupled with the already-poor goal difference, has left the Red Devils at the bottom of the division, and another loss on Monday evening would lead to more pressure on Ten Hag, who has been tasked with helping to rebuild arguably the biggest football club on the planet. The team’s summer transfer business thus far has been modest at best, bringing in Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez, but a deal for Casemiro has now been agreed, and the club are believed to be working on another two or three additions before the end of the transfer window, including Ajax’s Antony.
Not too much can be read into the league table at this stage of the campaign, but a win over Liverpool, who only have two points from their first two matches, would take the 20-time English champions above their rivals in the division and potentially act as a springboard to go on a strong run.
Man United will finish August away to Southampton before travelling to Leicester City at the start of September, three days before a huge fixture against Arsenal at Old Trafford; the Gunners have shown huge improvement early in the season, while Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have suggested that they will once again be up there when it comes to challenging for the top four this season.
The Red Devils finished sixth last season, 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, which is an indication of the turnaround that needs to occur for the club to return to the Champions League spots; Casemiro’s arrival is a huge step in the right direction, but more signings are needed before the end of the window. Man United were embarrassed by Liverpool in their two Premier League games last season, suffering a 5-0 loss at Old Trafford and 4-0 defeat at Anfield; Jurgen Klopp’s side have actually won each of their last three league meetings, with the Red Devils not beating their rivals in England’s top flight since March 2018.
The Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga continues to dominate the headlines, and it will be fascinating to see whether the Portugal international is again in the starting lineup for this match; the fixture could represent his final game for Man United at Old Trafford, with an exit before the end of the month still a huge possibility. Such is the level that has been set by Liverpool and Manchester City in recent seasons, the back-to-back draws for the Reds at the start of the new Premier League season are far from ideal, especially considering that Man City have won their opening two matches and already sit four points ahead of the Merseyside giants.
Liverpool twice had to come from behind against Fulham on the opening weekend of the campaign to claim a point in a 2-2 draw, while they also conceded first against Crystal Palace on Monday through Wilfried Zaha, before Luis Diaz levelled the scores just before the hour. Darwin Nunez picked up a red card in the match with Patrick Vieira’s side, ruling him out of the trip to Old Trafford, while the Reds have injury problems, and they need to be careful that Man City are not allowed to open up a healthy advantage in the early stages of the campaign.
Klopp’s team have back-to-back home games after this fixture against Bournemouth and Newcastle United before the small matter of a trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton in the Merseyside derby. If Manchester United win this game, they leapfrog Liverpool in the table, but that is not going to happen. United aren’t able to press teams with the players they have got, and I don’t really know what Erik ten Hag can change with what he has got in his squad. Liverpool have started slowly too, and Darwin Nunez’s suspension won’t help on top of their injuries. That leaves them a bit short up front, although Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz looked lively against Palace. Whatever happens, you just know Jurgen Klopp’s side will outwork United at the very least.
Maybe United’s players will run around a little bit more this week than they did against Brentford, but they need to find some heart. Unless something happens this week that triggers a change in attitude in the squad, I don’t see it happening. The home crowd will be willing them to take the game to Liverpool, and if they do that then they are in big trouble because that’s when Klopp’s side are at their best. They won 5-0 at Old Trafford last season and it is going to be a similar story this time, although I am going to give United a goal just to lift their spirits a little.
Manchester United could lose their opening three matches of a top-flight season for just the fourth time, and first since 1986.
The Red Devils are trying to avoid losing five league games in a row for the first time in 50 years.
However, United are the only team to have previously lost their opening two fixtures of the season before going on to win the Premier League title, doing so in 1992-93.
All six goals conceded by Erik ten Hag’s side this season have come in the first half.
Cristiano Ronaldo has attempted seven shots so far this season, the most of any player yet to score in the Premier League this campaign.
Liverpool have failed to win either of their opening two matches of a Premier League season for the first time since 2012.
They could draw their opening three league games of a season for the first time in their history.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side remain unbeaten in all 21 of their Premier League fixtures so far in 2022 (W16, D5).
Mohamed Salah is one goal away from becoming the first Liverpool player in history to reach double figures against United.
Salah has eight goals in his last four appearances against the Red Devils.