Takeover talk ramps up at Manchester United as Glazers face increased fan pressure
Manchester United face Liverpool in the Premier League this evening but the on-field action looks set to play second fiddle to more off-pitch drama at Old Trafford.
The anger among supporters at the ownership of the Glazer family is growing with each passing day and a protest has been organised by underground fan group ‘The 1958’ ahead of tonight’s game. From 7pm, they will march from The Tollgate to The Trinity to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the Glazers and demand that the Americans sell up.
In May 2021, the same fixture had to be rearranged after home fans broke into Old Trafford to protest the Glazer family’s ownership, sparking fears of a similar situation this time around, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes his side should be awarded the three points if history is repeated.
During the build-up to tonight’s match, Sky Sports will be broadcasting an exclusive interview with Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag, conducted by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, with teaser clips showing the pundits grilling the Dutchman following the club’s dismal start to the campaign that has seen them outclassed in defeats to Brighton and Brentford.
Follow all the build-up and updates ahead of the game, before action from the match itself, below:
Manchester United vs Liverpool team changes
Erik ten Hag makes four changes to the Manchester United starting XI and both Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo have been dropped.
Tyrell Malacia replaces Luke Shaw and drops in alongside Lisandro Martinez who partners Raphael Varane at centre-back tonight. Anthony Elanga comes in for Ronaldo with Scott McTominay replacing Fred.
For Liverpool, Roberto Firmino returns to replace the suspended Darwin Nunez and Joe Gomez partners Virgil van Dijk. Nat Phillips is the man to drop out of the defence. In midfield Jordan Henderson comes in for Fabinho too.
Michael Jones22 August 2022 19:06
Manchester United vs Liverpool line-ups
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martínez, Malacia, Eriksen, McTominay, Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Elliott, Milner; Diaz, Firmino, Salah
Michael Jones22 August 2022 19:02
Erik ten Hag convinced he will succeed at Old Trafford
Erik ten Hag is not daunted by the challenge of rebuilding Manchester United and is convinced that he will succeed at Old Trafford, having insisted that his track record in management shows he will “get it done”.
Ahead of Monday night’s visit of historic rivals Liverpool, United sit one place off the bottom of the Premier League table after losing both of their opening games against Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford in humiliating fashion.
United’s miserable form comes against a backdrop of supporter unrest against the Glazer family’s ownership, with a protest planned outside Old Trafford before kick-off against Liverpool.
‘I get it done’: Erik ten Hag convinced he will succeed at Manchester United
Ten Hag hoping to avoid third successive defeat against Liverpool on Monday night
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:55
Klopp on injuries
Jurgen Klopp spoke about Liverpool’s injury crisis and pretty much confirmed that replacing players in the transfer window isn’t really an option saying: “We have more injuries than we would have imagined and it would be cool to have another midfielder in, of course.
“Then there is also another fact that I am not in charge of what we can spend. That’s the situation.”
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:50
We have to be prepared says Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes believes that tonight’s game is the perfect one for Manchester United to bounceback with following their two defeats so far this season.
“I have been saying this to a lot of people, there’s no better game to bounce back than playing against probably the biggest rival that we have,” Fernandes said “It’s Monday night, at a full stadium with big support from our fans like always, so we have to be prepared. “We know we have to give something back to them, it was a tough season, [the] last one, and a tough beginning of this season but we have to bounce back, and this is the right time to do it and we have to do it [tonight].”
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:47
Ten Hag on Brentford defeat
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says the attitude of his players was to blame for the heavy 4-0 defeat at Brentford.
“I think I made myself clear, I was definitely not happy. You can talk about football philosophy, but the basic stuff has to be good. That starts with the right attitude, a fighting attitude on the pitch. I didn’t see that from minute one. You have to bring it every game.” he explained.
“It starts with yourself, act as a team, follow the rules and principles and work hard. If you do that you get confidence.
“It’s normal as a manager that you see a game, you have a plan, a way of playing and then you check how the game went, then you analyse and you see what is wrong and what is good. Obviously a lot went wrong, but you don’t have to talk about anything when the attitude is not right.
“It’s not difficult to motivate this team because my experience with them from the start of the season is they work really good on the training pitch.”
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:41
Tollgate is getting busy
An update on the protest from the Manchester Evening News’ Steven Railston:
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:36
Man Utd set to annouce Casemiro
Manchester United have confirmed that they will annouce the arrival of Casemiro from Real Madrid before kick off tonight.
His signature has taken United’s summer spend to £139.9million and they are still aiming to sign a forward before the window shuts next week.
If the club are successful they will almost certainly break the £150m barrier for permanent signings in a single transfer window something they have never done before.
Yet protests remain from supporters who are against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club. They see a lack of structure, bad decisions from the higher ups and poor performances on the pitch which expensive signings can’t fix.
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:32
What will the protests look like?
The 1958 group are mobilising today’s expected protests, meeting at a nearby pub before marching to Old Trafford with close to 10,000 people believed to be joining in near the Trinity statue in around 40 minutes time.
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:23
Liverpool can be a stepping stone says Eriksen
Christian Eriksen says that a positive result against Liverpool on Monday night could be a huge ‘stepping stone’ for Erik ten Hag and the team after their woeful start to the new season.
“If you get a result in a big game, you get the confidence to go on to the next one, and that’s definitely going to help you,” the midfielder told United Review.
“First we need to do better than we did in the last home game [against Brighton]. So we need to get the fans going. We need to start well, get going into the game and play well in general. The fans expect a good game and so do we.
“But it’s definitely a good stepping stone to win the derbies, for sure.”
Michael Jones22 August 2022 18:19