Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE Football Score 13 May 2021
Before both are forced to Manchester City walk up to the Premier League trophy, Manchester United welcome recently-dethroned champions Liverpool to Old Trafford for Thursday’s rearranged encounter. The Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Thursday night confirmed what had been a foregone conclusion for the past couple of months, as City were crowned champions while Man United are now playing for second place.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are still considered rank outsiders for a Champions League berth, but a 2-0 win over Southampton at the weekend at least boosted their chances of a top-four ranking. The fallout from the doomed European Super League quite literally spilled out onto the pitch before Man United’s proposed meeting with Liverpool, as Red Devils supporters gathered in the masses to protest against the Glazer family both inside and outside Old Trafford last weekend.
The demonstration against the American-led regime sparked mixed reactions from all corners of the game, with some condemning the supporters’ actions as violence ensued and a police officer needed emergency treatment, while others echoed the views of infuriated supporters at the way in which the club has been run under the Glazers. In doing so, Man United players were unable to safely travel to the stadium from their hotel and must now gear up for a third match in the space of five days following the original fixture’s postponement, and Solskjaer understandably made a raft of changes for Tuesday’s visit of Leicester.
The stars of tomorrow in Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga both enjoyed their first-ever Premier League starts out wide, and the former claimed an assist for his fellow teenager Mason Greenwood’s goal on the night, but it was not to be for a second-string United XI. Leicester had initially drawn first blood on the night through a sumptuous volley from Luke Thomas – another teenager being tipped for a bright future after a spectacular first Premier League goal – and the Foxes dominated the second half despite being pegged back by Greenwood’s equaliser, as Caglar Soyuncu rose highest to head home from a corner in the 66th minute.
Defeat to a near full-strength Foxes side made it impossible for Man United to usurp their local rivals at the top of the standings, as the Red Devils are 10 points behind the champions with only nine left to play for, so securing second spot is all that Solskjaer can ask for before the Europa League final takes precedence.
- Manchester United have only lost one of their past 15 home games against Liverpool in all competitions (W10, D4), and are unbeaten in eight.
- Home and away, United have won just one of the past nine league meetings (D6, L2).
- Manchester United have lost five Premier League games at Old Trafford this season, as many as they had in their previous two campaigns combined.
- United’s only defeat in their past 13 league matches played on a Thursday came at Middlesbrough in December 2002.
- Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in his last four league and cup appearances against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
- Mason Greenwood has scored 29 goals in all competitions since the start of last season, more than any other teenager in Europe’s top five leagues.
- Liverpool and Arsenal are the two opponents Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced more than once in the Premier League as a manager and never beaten. He’s winless in five games against each of them.
- Liverpool have won just two of their six midweek Premier League games this season, with both victories coming against Tottenham. The Reds failed to score in the other four matches.
- They have won five of their last seven away league fixtures, more than in their previous 15.
- Mohamed Salah can become the first Liverpool player to score away to Manchester United in two games within the same season since Harry Chambers 100 years ago.
- Roberto Firmino has scored just once in 14 matches versus United, while Sadio Mane has one goal in 11 games against them.
- Jurgen Klopp has managed away at Manchester United without winning more times than against any other opponent in his career, having failed to win on any of his six visits to Old Trafford.