Manchester United can move to within two points of Jurgen Klopp’s second-placed Liverpool side with a win on Sunday afternoon.
Nine straight wins – including six successive Premier League wins – has kept Jose Mourinho’s men within touching distance of the top five, with just five points separating Mourinho’s men (currently in sixth spot) and second place.
Mourinho will know that the game against Liverpool could monumentally shape the way Man United’s season pans out.
And with that in mind, here is the 53-year-old strongest possible XI for the clash with Klopp’s men.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s influence has been astronomical during United’s recent winning run, with the Swede securing December’s Player of the Month award at Old Trafford following a sensational spree of ten goals in as many games. His inclusion against Liverpool, especially following a two-game rest, essentially goes without saying.
Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have dazzled supporters over the past month with a series of truly spellbinding performances on either flank, and the combination of speed and craft brought by the pair could be crucial when it comes to dismantling Liverpool’s notoriously shaky back four. Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford, left out of this XI, would have an enormous influence from the bench.