Manchester United have the chance to move level on points with fourth-place Tottenham on Tuesday, as they face Liverpool at Anfield.
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick on Saturday afternoon helped United overcome bottom-placed Norwich City in a 3-2 win, moving Ralf Rangnick’s side up to fifth in the Premier League. Results in other games fell perfectly into United’s favour, with Spurs and Arsenal both losing.
Despite the victory on the weekend, United were still far from their best, and Rangnick knows his side will need to be much better when they play Liverpool on Tuesday night. United’s last victory at Anfield came way back in 2016, with Wayne Rooney grabbing the only goal in a 1-0 win.
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Fred, Scott McTominay, Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw are all confirmed absentees for Tuesday, whilst the clash against the Reds may come too early for Raphael Varane to return. Ronaldo has been granted compassionate leave following the tragic passing of his newborn son.
So, what line-ups will both teams select? And, what could the final score be? To find out, we used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Liverpool vs Manchester United on Tuesday. This is what happened.
Liverpool vs Man United score predicted by simulation
To get a score prediction, we used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, letting the AI play against each other. We then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself.
We predict that Liverpool could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Allison; Alexander-Arnold; Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Diaz.
We predict that United could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Dalot; Fernandes, Matic, Lingard; Sancho, Rashford, Elanga.
Liverpool started the game on the front foot, controlling possession inside United’s half as Rangnick’s side sat deep and absorbed the pressure. The first major chance of the game came through Luis Diaz, but his long-range effort was pushed around the post by David De Gea.
Anthony Elanga managed to sneak in behind the Liverpool backline and tested Alisson one-on-one, but it was a poor effort from the winger, hitting the side netting from a tight angle. The first half ended 0-0, but United took the lead not long after the restart against the run of play.
Jesse Lingard picked up the ball outside the box and was quickly shut down by multiple Liverpool players including Trent Alexander-Arnold who left his position to do so. Lingard spotted the space out wide and fed the overlapping Jadon Sancho, and the Englishman’s drilled cross into the box was tapped home by Marcus Rashford from close range.
Liverpool looked for an immediate response as Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota both came close, but once again, De Dea was equal to the attempts. Liverpool became more desperate as the game went on, and the Reds found the equalizer in the 85th minute through Alexander-Arnold.
The full-back played a ball down the line for Salah to meet and continued his run forward, charging into the box rather than overlapping. Salah returned the ball to Alexander-Arnold who let the ball run through his legs and into his stride from him, and he lifted a powerful effort over De Gea and into the top corner with his left foot to level the scoring.
De Gea was having a fantastic game, and the ‘keeper made three incredible saves from consecutive corners to keep the score at 1-1. The Spaniard denied Roberto Firmino, Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip all in added time, but on their fourth corner in a row, Liverpool found the winner in the 94th minute through substitute Sadio Mane.
Alexander Arnold fizzed the set-piece into the box which was missed at the front post by Firmino, slightly throwing De Gea in goal. The ball continued traveling to the back post, and Mane was on hand to head into the top left corner to win the game for the away side.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Liverpool 2-1 Man United
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 22 predicts that despite taking the lead, two late goals from Liverpool could see United lose 2-1 at Anfield on Tuesday. United failed to get out of their half on many occasions, with the score kept to a minimum due to some excellence from De Gea. The simulation predicts that United will have to be at their very best if they are to get anything out of this game on Tuesday.
FIFA 22 is available now on all platforms, including PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, PC and Stadia.
What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the comments!
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