How are they doing up until now?
Manchester United had the better start to the season, level on points with City at the top of the table. Liverpool are trailing by 7 points, in 7th place. United are unbeaten so far, with 21 goals scored and letting in 2. But forget about the team’s forms. Anything can happen in this derby, both teams always rise to the occasion and Liverpool especially will when they are at home.
A bigger game for Liverpool
Liverpool will regard this as a cup final. They will try everything in their power to ruin United’s day. The crowd will be electric and will not make it easy for the Red Devils. A win for the Reds and the gap between the sides will reduce to four points. Steven Gerrard has stated publicly that he believes Liverpool will bounce back a disappointing 1-1 draw at St James’s Park with Newcastle United against Jose Mourinho’s men. Mo Salah’s goals have taken Egypt to the World Cup finals in Russia next summer and the in-form Reds winger looks sure to play a major part in Saturday’s game. However, Liverpool will be without top scorer Sadio Mane, who is facing up to six weeks on the side-lines with a hamstring injury.
United can go 10 points ahead of the Reds
The Reds may be without three key midfielders for Saturday's big game, with Mourinho confirming it is unlikely that Marouane Fellaini will play after Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez stated he sustained knee ligament damage during their win over Bosnia last week. He is expected to join Paul Pogba and captain Michael Carrick on the side-lines. United will still have plenty of choices with plenty up front. Lukaku will make a start up front and it could be either Rashford or Martial on the left-hand side. In form Mkhitaryan will surely be starting, likely alongside Mata.
How have they done in the past?
United were held to a draw at Old Trafford last time the sides met, when the Reds travelled to Anfield, it also ended all square as Mourinho's men put in a hardy defensive performance to come away with a 0-0 draw. This will be the 227th match contested between the sides. The Reds have won 87 and drawn 64 of the previous meetings, and have only lost on 75 occasions.