After cruising to a scintillating 4-0 victory at Old Trafford before the domestic schedule halted yet again for the underwhelming international break, Manchester United will embark on the short journey to Merseyside to battle with Liverpool at Anfield in this weekend's highly anticipated derby. The Red Devils find themselves in fine fettle so far this term and have not experienced a loss, whereas the Reds have faltered on many occasions. So in light of the two rivalling clubs' differing form on the turf, here is why Jose Mourinho's potent squad will beat Jurgen Klopp's floundering fold on Saturday lunchtime.


United pride themselves on being the Premier League's second top scorers (21 goals), only to be shadowed by bitter rivals Manchester City by just 1 solitary strike (22 goals). Boasting 4-0 wins against the likes of West Ham, Swansea City, Everton and indeed Palace on top of a brace of 4-1 scalps in cup competitions is a measure of the sheer, unrelenting power within Mourinho's imperious attacking ranks. So as domestic matters resume once more, they'll undoubtedly want to put Liverpool to the sword.

Klopp's contingent has only managed to muster 13 goals thus far this term, and have also seen 12 goals go against them, leaving them with a meagre +1 goal difference record. Compared to United's lofty +19, it's clear to see that as far as clinical tendency goes, United are the stronger outfit by a very, very large margin, though exemplifying vigilance and professionalism in their game will still remain imperative to their success.

No Mane

News broke on Tuesday afternoon - (via talkSport) - that one of Liverpool's brightest outlets Sadio Mane will once again be out of starting contention, but this time due to a hamstring injury, rather than through suspension.

After serving a 3-match ban for kung-fu kicking City keeper Ederson in the face, it's believed that the explosive Senegalese attacker could be sidelined for at least 6 weeks as a result of his latest setback - a massive blow for Liverpool, but an undoubted blessing for United.

Of course, Liverpool does have other influential options in their offensive armoury in the shape of Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but Mane, 25, has made terrorising opposing defences a habit of his since the beginning of his time on English shores at both the Reds and Southampton.

So if anything, his respective absence from proceedings could gift United the upper-hand in an encounter where every threat available would need to be firing on all cylinders.

3rd time lucky

In the previous two Premier League meetings between the English giants, supremacy has been split down the middle following a 0-0 draw at Anfield on October 16, 2016, and a 1-1 draw at the Theatre of Dreams on January 15, 2017. However, every positive points to a United triumph this time around.

Desperate to remain hot on Pep Guardiola's Citizens' heels, the 'Special Ones' awe-inspiring collective will understand the importance of bagging a victory away from home at one of their fiercest counterparts, as Liverpool scramble frantically to kick-start their own siege on the Premier League title.

United have shown no undermining frailties in their imposing strategy to date, so capitalising on their domineering confidence which is apparent every department will ultimately fire them towards a vital, imperative 3-points come the referee's opening whistle at kick-off, as both clubs lock horns in a gruelling Autumnal skirmish.