Manchester United have perfect double act to stop Mohamed Salah at Liverpool and seal win
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has two players who can help keep Mohamed Salah quiet and give his side a chance of beating their rivals at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. The Red Devils are top of the table, three points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s side, having won eight of their last 11 matches in the competition.
Luke Shaw has had a new lease of life this season at Old Trafford, seemingly motivated since the arrival of Alex Telles.
His performances have been impressive in both attack and defence and his partnership with Marcus Rashford could make a difference on Sunday.
His gung-ho style could be a major threat that could force Liverpool talisman Salah into defending more than he would like.
Shaw will also fancy his chances defensively against the Egyptian who has been a little more inconsistent this campaign, failing to scale the heights of old.
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The other key player for Solskjaer is Eric Bailly who has returned from injury and immediately made a difference in defence.
The Ivory Coast international has slotted in next to Harry Maguire seamlessly and the combination looks to be a better one than the United captain and Victor Lindelof.
Bailly’s pace seems to make the difference next to Maguire who looks back to his best with the 26-year-old next to him.
The performance away at Burnley showed the steely determination of the Ivorian at his very best, successfully nullifying the sizeable threat of Clarets hitman Chris Wood.
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Salah has netted 17 goals in all competitions this season as Liverpool mount the defence of their title.
Many Liverpool fans have been critical, however, of some of his performances as the Reds have been inconsistent.
Shaw and Bailly could be the perfect tandem to stop the former Chelsea man this Sunday.
United will look to go six points clear of their arch-rivals with a win at Anfield.
Bailly also played a crucial role in the Red Devils beating Aston Villa earlier this month with a last-ditch block to stop an equaliser.
After that match, Solskjaer said: “You can see today his physicality, his pace and his bravery is second to none really.
“He’s got a style of play that’s caused him to get injured a few times and probably muscle fibres have caused some injuries as well.
“You can see how much it means to him but also for the rest of the boys at the end of the game, because he is such a well-liked player and man in the dressing room.
“Everyone wants him to do well and knows the struggles he’s had and we’re delighted for him.”
United take on Liverpool at 4.30pm on Sunday at Anfield.
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