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Photo: Getty Images

MANCHESTER UNITED'S season is now all about the Europa League Final but they would dearly love to make sure bitter rivals Liverpool have to chase the same trophy next term.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have already booked their place in the Champions League next season, regardless of whether they see off Villarreal in the Europa League showpiece.

But Liverpool face a fight to secure a top-four Premier League finish, especially after Leicester claimed a massive three points at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

All three of my tips came up in that game and I backed the Foxes because United were certain to field a shadow side during a demanding run of four fixtures in just one week.

But most of their big hitters should return for this one as the Red Devils bid to damage Liverpool's push for a Champions League slot.

A win here would leave Jurgen Klopp's men four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and six adrift of Leicester with a game in hand. But defeat would pretty much kill off their hopes with just three more Premier League games to play.


Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

United and Liverpool served up a timid affair at Anfield last week, drawing 0-0 with just four and three shots on target, respectively, throughout the 90 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will undoubtedly be the more confident of the two sides, sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League with just one defeat in their last 12 games across all competitions.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have tasted victory just once in their last six games across all competitions, and even that only came in the form of a 4-1 win over an Aston Villa youth team in the previous round of this tournament.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have failed to score in each of their last four Premier League games, while they’ve made it beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup just once in the past five seasons.

How the bookies view it

Liverpool are slight favourites at 7/5 with Unibet while United's best price is 57/29 with VBet. That's probably down to the demanding run of games for Solskjaer's side while the Anfield men have been able to recharge their batteries since Saturday. The stalemate is always a popular option in this fixture and it pays 11/4 at Bet365.

Recent head to head

There has been nothing between these great rivals of late, with the last 10 meetings producing two wins apiece and six draws. Manchester United ground out a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield earlier this season then triumphed 3-2 when the sides met at Old Trafford in the FA Cup (below).

United are unbeaten in Liverpool's last eight visits and Klopp has yet to savour a victory at the Theatre of Dreams.

Players to watch

Paul Pogba (below) loves the big occasion and will be fresh for this one after sitting out United's midweek loss to Leicester. The French midfielder looks overpriced at 55/10 for anytime scorer with TonyBet.

It has been a disappointing season for Sadio Mane but he's another player who comes alive on the big stage. The Liverpool forward scored last time out against Saints and is a decent 5/2 with BetVictor for a goal here.

Anything else catch the eye?

Liverpool need the win so it bodes well for an open game. Both teams to score is probably only good for accas at a best 7/11 with SportNation while over 2.5 goals is just 8/11 at Bet365. The odds for over 1.5 second-half goals are better at 10/11 with SBK and 9/10 with TonyBet.

Four yellows were flashed in the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford and this one could get fiery too. Over 3.5 cards is 6/5 at Bet365 while United's Scott McTominay is a tempting 5/1 with the same firm to be carded.

William Hill are offering 3/1 on each team winning over one corner in each half and that appeals in what should be an end-to-end match.

Manchester United v Liverpool: Predictions and Bettings
Manchester United v Liverpool: Predictions and Betting Tips


Paul Pogba has scored two goals from outside the box in his last three games.

Liverpool have scored just five goals in six games since their 7-0 win over Crystal Palace in December.

Seven out of the last 10 meetings between these two have ended in a draw, with Liverpool winning two and United winning once.

The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 16 domestic games.

How to watch Manchester United v Liverpool

Optus Sport

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(Image credit: Optus Sport)

Lucky football fans in Australia can watch every single minute of every single Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football fixture live on TV and a host of other smart devices through Optus. All it costs is AU$14.99 per month or a bargain price AU$68 for a six-month season pass.

You can download the Optus app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, LG, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Optus Sport live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it's also available on Xbox.

Watch Man United vs Liverpool live stream abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Premier League rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch Man United vs Liverpool.

When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access – in this case, Australia. Then navigate to Optus.

You'll be able to continue using ExpressVPN from then on to watch anything else on Optus and a host of other services which may also otherwise block you.

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Watch Man United vs Liverpool in 4K

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(Image credit: Flickr: Ben Sutherland)

Man United vs Liverpool will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League in HD and on Sky Sports Ultra HD in 4K.

Even without a full Sky subscription, though, fans can enjoy a Man United vs Liverpool live stream in HD with a Now day pass (£9.99) or a monthly pass (£34). Keep your eyes open for occasional discount as well as the option of the Now Mobile Month Pass which offers mobile device access for just £5.99 per month.

Virgin Media customers are able to watch Man United vs Liverpool with a Sky Sport subscription through the Virgin Media’s Bigger + Sports bundle which covers all the Sky and BT televised games.

If you have a Virgin TiVo box and access to BT or Sky, you can watch on-the-go through Virgin's TV Anywhere app. And if that's not enough, there is Twitter's deal with Sky Sports to show goals and highlights via the Sky Football account.

US: Man United vs Liverpool live stream

NBC is the rights holder for Man United vs Liverpool in the US. This fixture won't be available on the Peacock TV platform but will instead be on the NBCSports Network channel as well as the the NBCSN live web player.

NBC Sports Network is available on a number of cable and satellite platforms including Sling TV and FuboTV, both of which offer free trials. Well worth trying them out and catching a free week of games at the same time.

FuboTV is a dedicated sports platform which offers a $60-per-month package including beIN Sports and its Spanish sister channel alongside a range of other sports, film and entertainment services.

There are over 100 channels including NBC, FOX and CBS, and all access to MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR, golf, boxing, MMA and more. It also offers a free seven-day trial, for which you can sign up via the fuboTV website.

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