Having lost both of his Premier League matches as manager of Manchester United, the last thing Erik ten Hag would have probably wanted is to welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford.
Jurgen Klopp’s side beat the Red Devils 9-0 on aggregate across the two Premier League matches last season.
But the Merseysiders haven’t started the season in the electric form we’ve come to know under the German.
Last season’s League Cup and FA Cup winners have drawn both of their Premier League games against Fulham and Crystal Palace.
With Darwin Nunez unavailable following his red card against the Eagles, and the Anfield side struggling with injuries, Ten Hag will be targeting a positive result against our arch rivals to finally ignite his Manchester United tenure.
A repeat of last season’s 5-0 hammering at the Theater of Dreams is unthinkable for the former Ajax manager.
Manchester United haven’t beaten Liverpool in any of our last eight Premier League matches, the last time we got the better of the red half of Merseyside was back in March 2018 when Jose Mourinho’s Reds won 2-1 thanks to a brace form Marcus Rashford .
Ahead of Monday night’s blockbuster clash under the Old Trafford lights, we take a look at the last Manchester United XI to beat Liverpool in the Premier League.
Last Manchester United XI to beat Liverpool in the Premier League
After a howler of an evening away at Brentford, David de Gea will have to be at his shot-stopping best to thwart the likes of Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz.
Following a short-term spell with Mexican side Queretaro FC, Ecuador legend Antonio Valencia retired from professional football last summer.
Signed from Wigan Athletic in 2009, Valencia spent a decade at Manchester United, making 339 appearances winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and the Europa League.
Following Mourinho’s appointment as Roma manager, Chris Smalling who was already at the Stadio Olympico was reunited with the Portuguese and the pair won the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League together last season.
Eric Bailly scored Liverpool’s consolation goal back in March 2018 and there is every possibility that Mourinho’s first Manchester United signing has played his last game for the club.
The Ivory Coast international is currently Ten Hag’s fifth-choice centre-back and he looks set to depart before the transfer window closes.
Ashley Young completes the backline and the former United captain signed a new one-year deal with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa in the summer.
United’s midfield pairing against Liverpool back in 2018 was Nemanja Matic who has been signed by Mourinho for the third time in his career following his move to the Giallorossi.
Scott McTominay partnered the Serbian in the heart of the midfield. After being run ragged by Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening day of the season, Ten Hag dropped the Scot against Brentford, but with the Red Devils 4-0 down at half-time, the academy graduate came on to replace Fred.
With so much riding on Monday’s crunch clash against Liverpool, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Dutchman start with the ‘McFred’ partnership and hope the pair produce one of their big match performances.
Juan Mata remains a free agent following his release at the end of June, and noise of a move to Pennine rivals Leeds United does not seem to be going away.
Alexis Sanchez, who is undoubtedly one of Manchester United’s all-time worst buys, started in the attacking midfielder role and the Chilean has recently joined Marseille after agreeing to have his contract terminated at Inter Milan.
Rashford tore Trent Alexander-Arnold apart and turned his fellow countryman inside and out back in March 2018, and clinically slammed home his chances.
Oh how we could do with that Rashford turning up on Monday night.
The 24-year-old’s last Premier League goal when starting a game came against Liverpool at Old Trafford 15 months ago.
Chelsea’s record signing Romelu Lukaku led the line back in March 2018 and laid on Rashford’s opener.
Belgium’s all-time top scorer has re-joined Inter on loan after a dismal campaign back at Stamford Bridge.