How will Manchester United and Liverpool line up this weekend?

The sides meet on Sunday, and both could potentially welcome back key first team players

Manchester United, Liverpool

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Manchester United and Liverpool renew one of the oldest rivalries in football history this weekend and with the two sides heading into the game in good form, fans will expect a lot more than the dour 0-0 draw earlier this season.

The less said about "Red Monday" the better. The sides met at Anfield where United remained defensive throughout the game and had David De Gea to thank (again) for his wonder save to deny Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian returned to training for Liverpool last week but played no part in their FA Cup clash against Plymouth Argyle. He was given 30 minutes action during Wednesday night's EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Southampton and may return to first team action this weekend.

Manchester United, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of nine consecutive wins in all competitions and are without a defeat since November 3rd - a run of 15 games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan picked up awards for Premier League Player of the Month and Goal of the Month respectively, suggesting their abundance of attacking flair has finally clicked.

Ahead of the game on Sunday, we decided to have a look at how the sides would line up.

Manchester United w/Juan Mata

United have steadied themselves over recent weeks and have settled on a defensive line that has worked well. Rojo and Jones have cultivated a good central partnership, with Mourinho expecting the Argentine to be fit for Sunday's game.

So too does he expect top scorer Ibrahimovic to return to full fitness after an injury, which may push Wayne Rooney - searching for a record 250th goal for the club - out of the side.

The midfield trio of Pogba-Carrick-Herrera is likely be played again. Mata, who scored against Hull in midweek may be called on again, while Mkhitaryan has also hit form.

Manchester United w/Martial

The defensive line remains the same, with a slight tweak in the midfield. Carrick may pull strings from the middle of the park, with the speed of Martial on the left hand side. The Frenchman has featured in their last three games, scoring against Reading in the FA Cup.

Zlatan again to lead the line, with Rooney coming off the bench? Slightly more experimental. 

Liverpool w/Coutinho and Henderson

If he can Coutinho to make a return to the starting line-up for such an important game for Jurgen Klopp. The German manager is waiting on both he and Jordan Henderson to be fit for Sunday. James Milner continues to excel at full back, while Georginio Wijnaldum got himself on the score sheet against Manchester City. 

Liverpool w/Origi

If Coutinho is not fit enough to take the risk, but Henderson makes the cut, Origi will slot in, with Lallana set to play a pivotal role. Sturridge, it's worth pointing out, gets the cut on both occasions. Klopp said ahead of the Southampton game that if the England striker is fit 'there is no question over his quality'.