Man Utd v Liverpool: FA Cup fourth-round preview
Manchester United and Liverpool played out a tense 0-0 draw in the Premier League just a week ago. But United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side can draw on the heroics of the 1999 treble-winning side in their FA Cup clash this weekend. Solskjaer scored the winning goal in added time 22 years ago to seal a 2-1 comeback win and knock Liverpool out in the fourth round.
The Red Devils went on to win the competition, while also clinching the Premier League and Champions League trophies.
“Of course we can take a few things from that season,” Solskjaer said. “We know that there’s tight moments, very fine margins.
“In that season we were close to going out against Liverpool and Peter Schmeichel saved a penalty in the semi-final in injury time. Those moments, gave us the mental advantage.
“Against Liverpool we got that boost of turning 1-0 down into a 2-1 win against a big team.
“The FA Cup is a run we’ve got to enjoy as long as it lasts. We got to the semis last year and as I said, we’re going to make a few changes but we’ll put a team out there that I hope can go through.”
Predictions for Man Utd vs Liverpool have been provided by the Betfair Exchange.
The percentages shown are based on how fans have been betting on the various markets for the FA Cup clash.
Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Manchester United and Liverpool meet in a repeat of the recent top of the table clash.
“But unlike last time’s bore draw there will be a winner in this fascinating FA Cup tie.
“The two sides are very evenly matched but Betfair makes Manchester United the slight favourite over 90 minutes, giving them a 39% chance of winning and Liverpool 38%.
“United are also slim favourites to advance to the next round by whatever means possible, with a 53% chance of safely progressing and Liverpool 52%.
“Last week’s bore draw is thankfully not expected to be repeated given both teams to score is 63% to happen, and over 2.5 goals is 56% compared with fewer than 2.5 goals which has a 50% chance.
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“The side that progresses on Sunday will play either West Ham and Doncaster, but Manchester United and Liverpool only have a 10% and 11% chances of winning the competition respectively.
“Manchester City are the clear favourites with a 31% chance of winning, next is Chelsea at 15%, Tottenham 10%, Leicester 8%, Arsenal 7% and Everton 6%.”
Manchester United 39%
To qualify for the fifth round
Manchester United 53%
Both teams to score
Over 2.5 goals 56%
Under 2.5 goals 50%
Manchester United to have a red card 11%
Liverpool to have a red card 11%
FA Cup winner
Manchester City 31%
Manchester United 10%
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