Revived Man Utd face Liverpool, Chelsea battle injury woes

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European escape act, face a stern test against bitter rivals Liverpool in a crucial clash in the Premier League title race this weekend.Matchday 9Man. Utd  16:30  Liverpool24 Oct 2021

Rocked by injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo WernerChelsea need their understudies to rise to the challenge when the leaders host Norwich.

After Steve Bruce’s exit this week, Newcastle head to Crystal Palace searching for a first win since the club’s blockbuster takeover.

Pogba hails Man Utd’s character

On the brink of a disastrous Champions League defeat against Atalanta on Wednesday, Manchester United staged a rousing fightback to ease the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United’s recovery from two goals down was capped by Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner, ensuring they avoided a fifth defeat in eight matches.

But the joy and relief that poured from the Old Trafford stands after that 3-2 victory will turn back to the jeers and angst of earlier in the match if United crash against old foes Liverpool on Sunday.

United are already four points behind second-placed Liverpool after failing to win their last three league games and another slip against Jurgen Klopp’s in-form side would be a major blow to their bid for a first English title since 2013.

Days after admitting United were shooting themselves in the foot by conceding “stupid” goals, France midfielder Paul Pogba believes his team’s stirring revival against Atalanta bodes well for the rest of the season.

“We showed big character, the character of this team, of this club,” Pogba said.

“It was a very good result even if we didn’t start well. At the end we got the result that we wanted. You could feel the belief and the positive energy just on the pitch.”

Liverpool pose a serious threat to United’s upbeat mood and they travel to Manchester having scored three or more goals in seven away matches in all competitions this term.

They are unbeaten since April, a sequence of 21 matches which is their longest run since going 24 unbeaten from January to May 1989.

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid were vanquished on Tuesday, yet Klopp doesn’t believe Liverpool are at their best yet.

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