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Man City boss Guardiola sets title challenge for players

Man City boss Guardiola sets title challenge for players”

Just eight games into the season, 15 points separates Liverpool at the top of the table from United down in 12th.

Liverpool possess flown out of the blocks before the whole lot of the campaign winning all eight of their Premier League suits to begin up an eight-level lead over reigning champions Manchester Metropolis.

United, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back after two defeats and a draw in their last three matches.

Injury problems that have contributed to the Red Devils' early season struggles have struck again with influential duo Paul Pogba and David de Gea absent.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have had a lot of soul-searching to do over the worldwide break after the shock loss at embattled Newcastle left them just two points off the Premier League relegation zone.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "Manchester City have had a few problems against Crystal Palace in the recent past but they will go into this game fully focused, knowing they can not afford to drop any more points in the title race".

"I think you can compare it with Boca Juniors-River Plate, Santos-Corinthians, Flamengo-Fluminense", he told United Review.

Liverpool have not won on their past six visits to United and left-back Andy Robertson warned that form will not count for much given the historical rivalry between the sides. I know we're not living the best moment right now, and we're not getting results, but I think it's a derby and it is always a different game.

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"Over these two December fixture rounds Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you're guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video".

Liverpool FC are not in action until Sunday afternoon, when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Though the ex-United star admitted that both players were good players, he reaffirmed that they were far from being the type of players who will add more firepower to the club's attacking style of play.

In contrast to United's misfortune, Liverpool have been handed an injury boost with the news Joel Matip is fit to return at centre-back, but Mohamed Salah remains a doubt after suffering an ankle injury in a 2-1 win over Leicester before the worldwide break.

Robertson said that everyone is focused on succeeding in their push for the Premier League title this season.

The global break may have come at the right time for Tottenham after a 3-0 thrashing at Brighton followed a humiliating 7-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Eight games, eight wins.

"We know the fans are hurting", the 23-year-old midfielder said.

'We've had an open dialogue with the league to consider other options, but ultimately, we will have to comply with the kick off times and dates as they have been presented to us'.



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