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Forget Lukaku: This £63m-rated lynchpin is key to Man United’s victory over Liverpool today

The Manchester United fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their top-four six-pointer clash against Liverpool this afternoon. 

Manchester United go into their clash against Liverpool with a 2 point cushion over their opponents today, but they almost surrendered their advantage over The Reds earlier this week when they faced Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Red Devils were staring defeat in the face when they found themselves 2 nil down shortly after the half-time interval on Monday evening, but they demonstrated a level of character which has epitomised the club throughout the Premier League era to fight-back and secure a 3-2 victory.

The result enabled the club to leapfrog Liverpool back into 2nd place ahead of their clash this weekend, but they will need to demonstrate a vastly improved performance this afternoon if they wish to retain their position in the Premier League. Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show during United’s last home fixture against Chelsea as he provided a goal and an assist to fire his side to a 2-1 victory.

Lukaku will need to bring his a-game to Old Trafford to give United a chance of securing victory this afternoon, as will the rest of the starting eleven – especially Alexis Sanchez who is yet to prove his worth since he joined the club from Arsenal in January. Sanchez (valued at £63 million by Transfermarkt) arrived at the club with huge expectation in January due to his electric performances for the Gunners during his 3 and a half year spell.

However, the Chile international has struggled to replicate his finest form in Manchester so far, much to the concern of the Red Devils propping up our bar in the tavern. It’s still early days for Sanchez at United, and it’s important he is given time to adapt to his new surroundings before jumping to conclusions about his potential to succeed at the club, but a match-winning performance against Liverpool today would certainly do wonders for his stuttering reputation.

On his day Sanchez is comfortably one of the most devastating attacking players that the Premier League has to offer, and if he can rediscover his best form today then United are bound to find a way to break down the Liverpool defence. If he fails to improve on his recent form at Old Trafford today, then United could struggle to create opportunities in the final-third, so it’s absolutely imperative that he finally justifies his worth and hands the supporters a priceless victory to savour against their bitter-rivals.

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