Manchester United face the tough task of trying to bounce back from a calamitous start to the season with a visit from bitter rivals Liverpool. Here’s all you need to know about the match.
Where and when is it on?
The game takes place at Old Trafford with an 8.00pm kick-off on Monday.
Where can I watch the game?
The match will be shown live on Sky Spots Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 7.00pm. The game is also being streamed live on the Sky Go app.
What is the head-to-head record like?
The first-ever meeting between the clubs came in a Football League Test match on 28 April 1894, a post-season game to determine who would play in the First Division in 1894–95. Liverpool beat the then-named Newton Heath 2-0, consigning the Manchester club to Division Two.
What has become English football's most famous rivalry has been contested 237 times in total with 89 wins for Man United, 80 for Liverpool and 68 draws. The two games last season ended in hammerings for the Red Devils at both Old Trafford (5-0) and Anfield (4-0).
What's the team news?
Erik ten Hag may put Lisandro Martinez in at holding midfield. Raphael Varane and Tyrell Malacia could start after coming off the bench in the defeat to Bournemouth. Want-away Cristiano Ronaldo may miss out on a start up font with positive reports emerging on Anthony Martial's fitness.
Liverpool's Darwin Nunez misses out, serving the first match of a three-game ban following his red card against Crystal Palace A lengthy injury list sees Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Caoimhin Kelleher and Ibrahima Konate absent. Centre-half Joel Matip is a doubt so Nat Phillips o Joe Gomez may start alongside Virgil van Dijk . Roberto Firmino is expected to lead the line alongside Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz.
Man United XI: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Malacia; Martinez, Fernandes, Eriksen; Rashford, Ronaldo, Sancho
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Milner; Diaz, Firmino, Salah
What can I read about in the build-up on Independent.ie?
There may be no game time now for Irish players in this fixture, but players from here were previously dominant at Manchester United and Liverpool. Here are Aidan Fitzmaurice's the top Irish players from the last 50 years.
And five top football writers give their thoughts on how to tackle the problems at Old Trafford.
It certainly hasn't been the start Erik ten Hag wanted. Last Saturday week's humiliation against Brentford was a new low, and sparked off this clash between former players Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp.
Paul McGrath, Miguel Delaney and Ian Whittell also have analysis on Man United's travails for you.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool haven't had the best of starts and still await their first win after two draws, with a red card for Darwin Niunez against Palace adding to their issues.
What are the match odds?
It says a lot about the respective states of the old rivals that Man United are an incredible 4/1 for a home win, with Liverpool odds-on favourites at 4/7 and the draw priced at 6/5.
What are the camps saying?
Erik ten Hag:
“We had a good basic pre-season, [then] our nine Martial injured, ‘Ronny’ not fit, the six holding midfield position not there. In the first game, we had two centre-halves who have not played together and also the goalie was not the best period.
“There is a clear reason why, but I know we will fix that and also the results will be better,”
“When you have a lot of injuries, as a manager you have to ask first yourself what went wrong, stuff like this.
“Caoimh, I heard the Irish manager didn’t like it, or however you gave him the information.
“However, for us it’s like this: he got injured at Ireland and whoever was responsible for it in this moment did not pick it up.
"Then when he arrived here he was still injured without having massive problems.”