Liverpool’s Old Trafford title omen & Mo Salah aiming for a new club and Premier League record

23 February 2019

Liverpool head to Old Trafford on Sunday knowing a point will take them back to the top of the Premier League, but a win would be huge for their title push. Here are all the best statistics and facts ahead of the big game.


 

Unhappy hunting ground…recent improvement

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 10, 2018: Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have won 14 of the Premiership meetings with United winning 28. There have been 11 draws.

The Reds have won five times in the Premier League era in 26 visits, losing 16. The victories have all come in the last 18 trips to Old Trafford.

Liverpool’s win earlier in the season was their first over United in nine league meetings (three draws and five losses).

Since their last victory at Old Trafford in March 2014 the Reds have drawn one and lost three of four visits.

Liverpool have won 16 times on this ground in the league in 85 visits.

 

Potential omen

(l-r) Ronny Rosenthal, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan, Alan Hansen and John Barnes (All Action/EMPICS Entertainment)

Liverpool have won at Old Trafford four times in a league campaign and gone on to lift the title: 1963-64, 78-79, 81-82 and in 89-90—the last time they lifted the trophy.

 

Expecting goals

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring the third goal, his second, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The last goalless draw at Old Trafford between the teams was played out in October 1991. Since then the 26 league clashes have produced at least one goal in each.

Liverpool have scored in all but one of their last 10 league visits.

The Reds have kept five clean sheets in the last 36 league clashes with United at Old Trafford and only one in the last 14 on the ground.

The last 11 league meetings at Old Trafford have produced 37 goals.

This season saw Liverpool score more than once in a game against United for only the second time in the last 15 league meetings home and away.

Twelve goals have been scored by Liverpool substitutes against Manchester United in league football. Only Stoke (13) have conceded more to Reds players coming off the bench.

 

Memories

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 15, 2017: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in action against Manchester United's Anthony Martial during the FA Premier League match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joel Matip played against United as a 20-year-old substitute in a Champions League semi-final in 2011 while with Schalke. His team lost 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Trent Alexander-Arnold made his first Premier League start for the club at Old Trafford in January 2017.

Divock Origi made his Reds debut as a substitute in a 3-1 Old Trafford defeat in September 2015.

Daniel Sturridge scored on his league debut for Liverpool at United in January 2013 after coming off the bench. Liverpool lost 2-1.

 

Milestones and another Mo record?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 9, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Another clean sheet for Alisson will be his 15th of the Premier League campaign – the most by any Liverpool goalkeeper in the competition since Pepe Reina (17 in 2009-10).

Mo Salah is one goal away from scoring 50 in the league for Liverpool in fewer games than any other player in the club’s history. This is his 63rd game and the record is currently held by Fernando Torres (72 matches).

The Premier League record for reaching 50 in fewest games for a single club is 66 matches, held by Alan Shearer while he was with Blackburn.

Jordan Henderson could play the 300th Premier League game of his career, which will also be his 400th career club game in all competitions.

 

Mane’s mission

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, February 4, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane has scored in each of Liverpool’s last four Premier League games. The last Reds player to do so in five in succession was Salah (Jan-Mar 2018), a sequence ended at Old Trafford.

Mane is one goal from equalling his best-ever goalscoring tally in the Premier League—he scored 13 for Liverpool in his first season with the club, 2016-17.

 

Away form

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, December 21, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A victory in this game will see Liverpool notch a 10th away win of this league campaign. Only twice in the previous nine seasons have they reached double figures.

The Reds have taken 30 points from a possible 39 away from home this season in the Premier League.

They have conceded fewer goals than any other team on the road in this season’s campaign (eight).

 

United view

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Manchester United's Paul Pogba during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Manchester United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When United parted company with Jose Mourinho in December they had collected just 26 points after 17 league games and was their worst start to a season since 1990-91.

While United took 26 points from 17 games under Jose Mourinho at a rate of 1.53 points per game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign so far has plundered 25 points from nine, averaging 2.78.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced Liverpool once before as a manager with the Reds defeating his side, Cardiff, 6-3 in 2014.

They have conceded 16 at home in the league this season—more than in any of the last four complete campaigns.

Since United’s change of manager, Paul Pogba has scored eight goals in his last nine league games, with four coming in the last four.

They have kept clean sheets in three of the last four games while they have failed to score in only one of the last 19 matches in all competitions.

 

Scorers this season

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, February 4, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool: Salah 20, Mane 13, Firmino 11, Milner 5, Shaqiri 6, Sturridge 4, Origi 2, Wijnaldum 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1, Lovren 1, Matip 1, Van Dijk 1, own goals 2.

Man United: Pogba 14, Martial 11, Rashford 10, Lukaku 9, Lingard 5, Mata 5, Herrera 3, Fellaini 2, Sanchez 2, Fred 1, Lindelof 1, Matic 1, Shaw 1, Smalling 1, Young 1, own goals 1.

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