Man Utd v Liverpool Prediction: Premier League Match on 22.08.2022
The match stats showed Liverpool finished with 67% of the ball possession with 11 attempts and four corners. Despite shots at goal being into double figures, Liverpool managed to put just four on target with half of those hitting the net. Klopp and his coaching staff will be eager to bring a sharpness to their frontline, bringing attackers up to speed as quickly as possible. They have already seen Man City hit the ground running and Liverpool can’t afford another slow start like the one that cost them the title last term.
Monday night football comes from Old Trafford, where struggling Manchester United aim to grab the points needed against title-hopefuls Liverpool to lift themselves off the bottom of the league. Yes, that’s right, the one great Red Devils that promised fans this was the year the good times would return are placed 20th of 20 teams with many fans and pundits in shock.
Liverpool pushed Manchester City hard in the second half of the season before coming up short at the finish line with the team from the Etihad Stadium holding firm to protect their lead and win two in a row. The traders and pundits have Pep’s crew as the team most likely to retain the title but Liverpool, having strengthened their squad over the summer, will have something to say about that. Jurgen Klopp lost star striker Sadio Mane to the Bundesliga but re-invested and now has a stronger, more well-rounded team.
Hellish start for the Red Devils
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We may still be in the middle of August, but supporters are already becoming uneasy, calling for the heads of the managers, coaching staff, and many of his over-paid and under-achieving players. It has been a difficult last few seasons for the club as they failed to build on reaching the final of the Europa League and finishing as runners up in the EPL behind Manchester City. Last season was one to forget but fans are already fearing this season could end up worder, certainly if the opening two games are anything to go by.
No matter how poor the locals have been so far this season, they will raise their game for this fixture. The fans demand it and despite having a new coach and several fresh faces in the squad, those involved behind the scenes will ensure everyone is up to speed on just what Monday night means to the club. Their start as been woeful but a win over Liverpool at Old Trafford would go some way to getting disgruntled supporters back onside.
Visitors have been red hot
The Reds were expected to explode out of the traps and secure an opening day win and the three points away to newly promoted Fulham. Having Premier League football back at Craven Cottage was a special occasion and it seemed to inspire the Cottagers to up their game and match Liverpool stride for stride. That match in London ended level with a 2-2 result thanks to goals from Nunez and Salah who found the net to match a pair of strikes for Mitrovic, the second coming from the penalty spot on 72 minutes.
Liverpool knows what they must do. The Reds started too slow in the previous campaign and after firing themselves into contention with a strong second half, the damage was already done. Klopp’s side would have learned from their mistakes and will be a much stronger team for the experience. A 5-0 win at Old Trafford was seen as freak luck last year but it wouldn’t be a major shock to see them put up another big score here.
The 2-1 loss to Brighton at Old Trafford was bad enough but fans hadn’t seen anything yet, certainly if they thought their side couldn’t sink any lower. That 2-1 loss was followed by a humbling at Brentford last Saturday with the goals that day scored by Dasilva, Jensen, Mee and Mbeumo. The eventual winners were four goals to the good inside 35 minutes and the fear was it could be a cricket score, but The Bees lost some of their sting in the second 45, knowing the job was done and their opponents didn’t look like scoring once, let alone four times.
Man Utd v Liverpool prediction
The pre-match betting odds available at 22bet has Man Utd trading at 5.65 to claim their maiden victory of the season while Liverpool backers will find the away win at an eye-catching 1.504. Fancy the draw? If you’re struggling to split the two you can back a level finish at 4.7.
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The home team have failed to take a point from their opening two games, losing both and conceding six goals in the process, meaning they already find themselves six points off the pace set by last season’s champions and current favourites Manchester City with Pep Guardiola’s men hitting the front early where they plan to stay.
Despite fans holding high hopes for the season ahead, believing this is the year their beloved club returns to the kind of consistent, trophy-winning form experienced during the Sir Alex Ferguson, things haven’t gone to plan. The Premier League giants have lost each of their opening two games of the season, edged out by a determined Brighton before suffering a heavy defeat on their first road trip of the season at Brentford in London.
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A match against Liverpool comes at the wrong time for the locals, but these sides rarely serve up a dull match, and fans can’t wait for this renewal to get started, brightening up an otherwise quiet Monday evening of sport. The last time the Reds were at Old Trafford, they left with a jaw-dropping 5-0 victory which completed the double with the aggregate score of 9-0. Those loyal to the home dressing room won’t stand by and accept another weak performance against their rivals.