Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford this afternoon (4.30pm kick off), on a day when fans are protesting against the Glazer family ownership of the club.
United supporters demonstrated at the stadium last weekend following the backlash caused by Joel Glazer’s involvement in the European Super League proposals — that were quickly ditched. Fans still aren’t allowed inside Premier League stadiums due to covid-19 restrictions but United supporters have gathered in big numbers outside Old Trafford. Some stormed onto the pitch before kick off.
Pep Guardiola said he will watch Manchester United’s game against Liverpool on Sunday just in case defeat for their rivals means Manchester City will be crowned champions for the third time in four seasons.
Sergio Agüero’s second Premier League goal of the campaign set up an astonishing 19th successive away win for City in all competitions, with Ferran Torres making the points safe against Crystal Palace 84 seconds later. It means United must beat Jürgen Klopp’s reigning champions at Old Trafford to maintain a mathematical possibility of overhauling City, although Guardiola acknowledged they will have another opportunity to seal the title against Chelsea next Saturday if not.
Agüero and Torres take Manchester City to verge of title with win over Palace
“I will take a look at the game but what happens, happens,” he said. “The most important thing is that we don’t need them to be champions – it’s in our hands.
“If we don’t win it we will try to do that next week. We have four games to be champions. But we want to do it as soon as possible.”
Having made eight changes to the side that defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions league semi-final, City struggled to find a breakthrough in the first half against a well-drilled Palace side. But a moment of inspiration from Agüero – who scored the injury-time goal that sealed the club’s first title for more than 40 years in 2012 – ensured that there was no surprise result.
The Reds need a win to keep pace with Chelsea as the Champions League race heats up, but they dropped two vital points as they drew with Newcastle a week ago.
Joe Willock’s last-gasp equaliser dented Liverpool’s hopes, and it will be difficult to beat Manchester United on current form.
Having rarely featured this season, Agüero has already confirmed he will leave in the summer after a decade at the club. But with the second leg against PSG to come at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, Guardiola said the 32-year-old could still play a major role in helping City to win a competition that has eluded the manager since 2011.
The Red Devils need a win or draw in this clash to deny Manchester City from clinching the title this weekend. The bragging rights are up for grabs as the old foes clash in this important match.