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Five things Man Utd fans are worried about ahead of Liverpool clash

After two matchdays, the Red Devils have made an appalling start to the year and are currently dead last in the league standings.

They suffered a humiliating 2-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion before losing 4-0 to Brentford.

Even Liverpool’s league debut hasn’t gone according to plan. The two league games that Jurgen Klopp’s team played ended in draws.

They are playing catch-up for the Premier League championship and already four points behind Manchester City.

The prized title will be further out of their reach if they lose any more ground in the standings.

Despite the unfavorable results, Liverpool will head into Old Trafford as the overwhelming favorite.

Any League team can defeat United based on current form. That reflects how little confidence they currently have.

Before this major match, the supporters will undoubtedly be anxious.

Here are the top five reasons Manchester United’s fans should be concerned as they host Liverpool.

1. The result of the match

In the last three Premier League encounters between Liverpool and Man United, Liverpool has fully dominated. In the end, the result was 2-4, 0-5, and 4-0.

There is a good likelihood that the final score will be the same because of how porous United’s defense is.

At Old Trafford, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz, who are both in excellent form, will be licking their lips in anticipation of scoring.

Although Klopp’s team has yet to win, they haven’t played poorly.

If Darwin Nez hadn’t been dismissed for an absurd headbutt against Crystal Palace, they would have achieved a comeback victory.

Second Klopp’s Gegenpress

Ten Hag won’t alter his playing approach. He wants his players to pass the ball intelligently and with more possession.

Herein lies the value of Klopp’s Gegenpressing.

The inability of Fred and McTominay to handle the ball is frequently apparent.

United will capitulate and lose the ball if Liverpool’s players begin to press them high up on the pitch.

The likelihood of giving the visitors a chance to score increases as this occurs more frequently.

The best course of action for United may be to play counter-attacking football, but will they do so?

3. The weakness of David De Gea

The finest player for United after Sir Alex Ferguson left the team is the Spanish international. But for the past few seasons, his form has been playing musical chairs.

Against Brentford, De Gea experienced a handful of terrifying incidents. For the opening goal for the Bees, he allowed the ball to slide through his hands.

After the first error, his lack of confidence was obvious. He attempted to pass to Christian Eriksen, who was marked, a few minutes later, and it resulted in Brentford’s second goal.

Ten Hag favors a shot-blocker who is at ease handling the ball in front of him.

The seasoned goalie has never played in this manner of play before. It will be difficult for him to change his game at the age of 31, but if he wants to start, he must pick it up soon.

4. Manchester United’s athletes will be beaten up

It goes without saying that the Red Devils were easily defeated by their opponents the previous year.

Against Brentford, where the Bees ran 109.4 km against United’s 95.6 km, a similar problem reappeared.

In response, the former Ajax manager called off the day off for his team. The stories continued to state that he ordered his athletes to run an additional 13.8 kilometers (8.5 miles).

Liverpool is a team with a lot of energy and drive. They seem destined to easily outrun the host in terms of distance.

It appears that Ten Hag’s men will put forth yet another subpar effort.

5. The starting lineup for Erik ten Hag

The issues at Man United go far beyond the playing field. This does not, however, imply that you should overlook the errors the new management has made since taking over.

He decided to start Christian Eriksen as a fake number nine in the opening game.

It would have made more sense to start Marcus Rashford or Bruno Fernandes as center forward while Anthony Martial recovered from an injury and Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t fully healthy.

Eriksen was assigned the role of a holding midfielder after only six days. Although he played just behind Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez, he had trouble adjusting to his new position.

Additionally, Ten Hag has been advised to bench players like Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fernandes, Fred, and Scott McTominay.

Despite their ongoing underperformance, the new manager stuck with them in the first two games.

It would be interesting to observe if he decides to listen to the calls coming from outside or continues to ignore them.

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