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  1. Man Utd v Liverpool: Confirmed team news, published at16:15

    Manchester United make three changes to the side that lost to Leicester in their previous Premier League fixture.

    Marcus Rashford starts in attack as Fred and Scott McTominay come into midfield. All three started in the thrilling comeback win against Atalanta in midweek.

    Talisman Bruno Fernandes was an injury doubt but starts.

    Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, Ronaldo.

    Man Utd team news

    There's also three changes for Liverpool from their last Premier Lague gameas Alisson returns in goal while Diogo Jota starts in attack with Sadio Mane dropping to the bench. Ibrahima Konate also starts. Fabinho is not in the squad.

    Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konate, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Jota, Salah.

  2. Follow Man Utd v Liverpool live, published at16:03

    Man Utd v Liverpool

    We're now less than an hour away from kick-off between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

    Click here to follow all the action

    You'll be able to catch up with all the post-match reaction on this page after full-time.

  3. Lawro's predictions: Man Utd v Liverpool , published at17:23 22 October

    Mark Lawrenson takes on Elena Cole and Haydn Craven, stars of football drama Jamie Johnson, for the latest round of Premier League predictions.

    Mark Lawrenson

    Lawro's prediction: 1-1

    Manchester United's performance to come back from 2-0 down against Atalanta and win 3-2 on Wednesday summed up what they are like under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They can have spells where they are awful, as well as when they are very hard to stop.

    If United had been beaten then that would have been a bonus for Liverpool but, instead, both of them are on a high going into the weekend.

    There is probably more pressure on United to get a positive result, because they have dropped points in each of their past three league games, but a draw would not be a bad result for either camp and that's what I'm going for.

    Liverpool won't change the way they play - they can't. The reason I think United will shut up shop is because, if they are open, you would fear the worst for them.

    Elena's prediction: United to win it, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner in the last minute. 1-0

    Haydn's prediction: I'm going with United but we've got to keep a clean sheet. That's a big ask with Mohamed Salah playing the way he is for Liverpool. His goals against Manchester City and Watford were just beautiful. 2-0

    Haydn's favourite Manchester United player: I think Edinson Cavani is brilliant, with his work-rate he puts in. His movement is so good. I do like Scott McTominay too, although he is going through a bit of a dodgy patch at the moment. I'm a defensive midfielder myself, and I actually used to model my game on Ander Herrera when he played for United, because of his passion and, again, his work-rate. The best ever was Xavi, though.

    Find out how Lawro, Elena and Haydn think the rest of this week's fixtures will go

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  4. Winning your battles - what the stats show about Man Utd, published at16:50 22 October

    Andrew Bassett, BBC Sport data analyst

    Following the heavy defeat to Leicester City and the criticism aimed at Manchester United’s lack of fight, I wanted to put some numbers on the performance to gauge what went wrong.

    As a team Leicester City outran United by a significant margin, with 110km of distance covered compared to 105km, which probably isn’t a surprise to anyone who watched the match.

    When pundits talk about ‘winning your battles’, we can put a figure on it by duels won. This is a measure of which team won the 50/50 contests during a match. It’s a simple but effective way to quickly understand if one side came out on top in that area.

    Last Saturday was a good example of this; United’s duels won figure went from 46% in the first half to 37% in the second. In short, Leicester came out on top in the second half by winning nearly two-thirds of the duels, making their dominance count with three goals in the final 15 minutes to win the game.

    What’s worrying for United is this is no one-off. United have the joint lowest duels won figure in the league this season, with 47% from their eight matches so far.

    I’d be surprised if this wasn’t a talking point when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preps his side ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday.

  5. Man Utd v Liverpool: Team news, published at15:44 22 October

    Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes and Liverpool's Curtis Jones - split picture graphic

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes and Fred are injury doubts for Sunday's game.

    Marcus Rashford, who was forced off with a dead leg against Atalanta, and Anthony Martial - who has resumed training - will also be assessed but Raphael Varane is not expected to be fit.

    Curtis Jones is back in training after missing Liverpool's last two games with a groin issue and could come into contention.

    The trip to Old Trafford comes too soon for Thiago, who continues his recovery from a calf problem.

    Who makes your United team this weekend?

    Pick and share your Liverpool XI here

  6. I'll always back Cristiano - Solskjaer, published at15:41 22 October

    Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Ole Gunnar SolskjaerImage source, Getty Images

    Bill Rice, BBC Radio Manchester

    "Massive" is the word Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used to describe Sunday's game against Liverpool, which he says doesn't need bigging up due to the history and the rivalry between the two clubs.

    He was asked about whether Liverpool's Mo Salah is now the best player in the world, or whether United forward Cristiano Ronaldo still has the edge.

    "I'll always back Cristiano in any competition, he is unique. His goalscoring record has been fantastic, and he keeps on scoring. That being said, Salah is at the moment on fire, we know we have to be at our best to defend against him," Solskjaer said.

    "Players like this don't come around very often, and we've got to enjoy them when we watch them - from afar - not on Sunday, that's too close for me," he added.

    The United boss also warned it's not just Salah they need to worry about on Sunday.

    "I'm a big admirer of the front line they have had for many years now, with Mane and Firmino, Jota as well. They are players you have to focus at, and you have got to be nailed on for 95 minutes to keep a clean sheet," he added.

  7. Solskjaer on Bruno's fitness, Salah v Ronaldo & Liverpool, published at13:58 22 October

    Bill Rice, BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking before Sunday's showdown with rivals Liverpool.

    Here is what he had to say:

    • Bruno Fernandes and Fred are among those doubtful for Sunday's game, but Solskjaer will give them as long as possible to prove their fitness;

    • He admits Mohamed Salah is on fire at the moment, but says he'll "always back Cristiano" in a debate about the best player in the world;

    • Solskjaer says Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment;

    • What Liverpool have done in the last few years is what United are striving for, and to go past them;

    • The United manager says criticism is something football managers are used to, but it can affect those around you more than yourself;

    • He hopes the comeback against Atalanta can be the start of something but Solskjaer knows they can't afford to be as open against Liverpool as they were on Wednesday.

    Follow all of Friday's news conference and Premier League build-up

  8. Leicester 4-2 Man Utd: Fantasy football top performers, published at12:07 22 October

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    Two late goals gave Leicester a 4-2 win against Manchester United in the latest round of Premier League fixtures - but who were the top fantasy football performers from the match?

    The bonus points all went to Leicester players:

    • Youri Tielemans (3)

    • Jamie Vardy (2)

    • Patson Daka (1)

    So which Leicester and United players - if any - should be making it into your team for gameweek nine? Don't forget this week's deadline is 18:30 BST on Friday before Arsenal face Aston Villa.

    Read Alistair Bruce-Ball's fantasy football tips to find out

    And listen to the Fantasy 606 podcast on BBC Sounds

  9. Rashford to repeat scoring form against Liverpool?, published at11:14 22 October

    In the Premier League, only Wayne Rooney (six goals) has scored more times for Manchester United against Liverpool than Marcus Rashford (four goals in eight appearances)
  10. 'United must change style to fit around Ronaldo', published at11:10 22 October

    Cristiano RonaldoImage source, Getty Images

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to change Manchester United's tactics to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Euro Leagues team on the Football Daily podcast.

    Ronaldo has scored six goals in eight matches since returning to the club, including a late winner against Atalanta on Wednesday.

    However, some have suggested that United's tactics do not play to the 36-year-old's strengths, which has contributed to their recent run of inconsistent results.

    “This United team still has issues, whether Ronaldo starts or not," said French sports journalist Julien Laurens.

    “If you want to press for 90 minutes with a lot of high intensity runs, this is not your guy, so don’t bring him to your club.

    “If you decide to bring him in, then play on his strengths, and if you use him that way then you know he is going to win you matches, which goes back to the coaching issue. This team is not coached maybe the way it should be.

    "They certainly wouldn’t be in the position they are in without Ronaldo because he has bailed them out a few times already."

    Hear more about Ronaldo and United (from 06'20) on the Football Daily podcast on BBC Sounds

  11. Premier League fixtures at a glance, published at10:41 22 October

    Premier League fixtures: Arsenal v Aston Villa (Fri, 20:00 BST), Chelsea v Norwich (Sat, 12:30 BST), Crystal Palace V Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST), Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST), Leeds v Wolves (Sat, 15:00 BST), Southampton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST), Brighton v Man City (Sat, 17:30 BST), Brentford v Leicester (Sun, 14:00 BST), West Ham v Tottenham (Sun, 14:00 BST), Man Utd v Liverpool (Sun, 16:30 BST)