MANCHESTER – Manchester United, rekindled by their act of European escape, face a severe test against bitter rivals Liverpool in a crucial clash in the Premier League title race this weekend.
Cradled by injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, Chelsea need their liners to rise to the challenge when the leaders host Norwich.
Following Steve Bruce’s exit this week, Newcastle are heading to Crystal Palace in search of their first victory since the club’s successful takeover.
Pogba hails Man Utd character
On the brink of a disastrous Champions League loss to Atalanta on Wednesday, Manchester United staged an enthusiastic retaliation to ease the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United’s recovery from a two-goal lead was capped by the winner Cristiano Ronaldo, allowing him to avoid a fifth defeat in eight games.
But the joy and relief that escaped Old Trafford after the 3-2 win will revert to the mockery and early game angst if United crash into former enemies Liverpool on Sunday.
United are already four points behind Liverpool, second after failing to win their last three league games and another slip against form Jurgen Klopp’s side would be a blow to their bid for a first English title since 2013.
Days after admitting United were shooting themselves in the foot conceding “stupid” goals, French midfielder Paul Pogba believes his side’s moving revival against Atalanta bodes well for the rest of the season. season.
“We have shown a great character, the character of this team, of this club,” said Pogba.
“It was a great result even though we didn’t start well. In the end we got the result we wanted. You could feel the conviction and the positive energy right on the pitch.”
Liverpool pose a serious threat to United’s optimistic mood and they travel to Manchester after scoring three or more goals in seven away appearances in all competitions this quarter.
They have been unbeaten since April, a 21-game streak that is their longest streak since 24 unbeaten from January to May 1989.
Spanish champions Atletico Madrid were defeated on Tuesday, but Klopp doesn’t think Liverpool are at their best yet.
“We’re not that confident, to be honest. We know our struggles, we know our problems but we try to ignore them very often,” he said.
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