MANCHESTER UNITED and Liverpool face off tonight in their huge rearranged clash.
One of the great matches in world football gets underway following its postponement one week ago.
- Start time: 8.15pm GMT
- TV/Live stream: Sky Sports PL/Main Event
- Man Utd XI: To follow
- Liverpool XI: To follow
Follow ALL the action with our live blog below…
When is Man Utd vs Liverpool?
- Man Utd vs Liverpool takes place on Thursday, May 13.
- The match kicks off at 8.15pm.
- Old Trafford – with no fans in attendance – plays host to the match.
What TV channel and live stream is Man Utd vs Liverpool on?
Man Utd vs Liverpool takes place on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
Sky begin their coverage at 8pm.
What is the team news?
Liverpool are set to be without defender Ozan Kabak.
Boss Jurgen Klopp said before the Reds’ win over Southampton at the weekend: “With Ozan, we don’t know exactly, we have to wait and see a little bit. It’s a muscle thing, it happened without any real intensity but still serious enough for not being involved.”
Solskjaer will be assessing his United squad after their match against Leicester 48 hours before.
Captain Harry Maguire is set to miss out for United.
Maguire suffered an ankle injury in the 3-1 victory at Aston Villa at the weekend, and is a major doubt for the Europa League final vs Villarreal next week.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTES
MANCHESTER UNITED XI
THE TEAMSHEETS ARE IN!
After all the off-field drama, let’s have a look at the starting line-ups…
SOLD A DUMMY
It appears that Liverpool Football Club have pulled the wool over the eyes of those protesting supporters that were intent on holding them up.
In tactics similar to those used by Jack Grealish at his court appearance last year, the Reds sent their official team bus towards Old Trafford as a decoy before sneaking into the ground via a back entrance.
Will their players show similar initiative this evening?
The Liverpool bus has arrived at Old Trafford, and Jurgen Klopp and his players have just made their way into the stadium.
It looks like we’re going to have ourselves a game.
UNITED THEY STAND
With the snoozefest between Aston Villa and Everton having reached half-time, Sky Sports have turned their coverage to the developments outside of Old Trafford to show us that supporters have again gathered in BIG numbers in order to protest.
Currently, there are no signs of any disturbances amid a large security presence, and the demonstrations are passionate but peaceful.
Meanwhile, it is now being reported that the Liverpool players are now on their way to the stadium, where United’s players have been based for several hours.
A report from Manchester Evening News claims the Liverpool bus blocked by pedestrians and cars was NOT carrying any players.
The bus has now been allowed to move on but the Reds squad are said to have been elsewhere anyway.
THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
All quiet inside the stadium…
No update yet on the Liverpool team bus, mind.
THE FLARES ARE OUT
The volume of the protest is increasing but all appears to be contained so far.
A calmer start to this gathering outside Old Trafford, compared to a fortnight ago, with two hours until kick off…
Manchester United Supporters Trust’s Ian Stirling outlined his hopes for tonight’s protests in conversation with Sky Sports.
Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United fans will be hoping to, once again, make headlines with their protest tonight.
The former Liverpool star credited the supporters earlier this month with making their anti-Glazer stance world news and expects the same again later on.
He told Sky Sports earlier tonight: “They knew on the back of getting the game cancelled that the Glazers weren’t going to walk out the next day.
“But they made it a story worldwide, everyone around the globe was talking about Manchester United getting the game called off. It was unprecedented.
“The protesters in some way did their job.
“Tonight we’re not 100 per cent sure what will go on but I’m sure they’ll be trying to do the same again and get that message out.”
POLICE ON THE SCENE
Liverpool’s bus has been blocked in and reportedly even had the tyres let down.
Police have been pictured attempting to clear the way.
Parked cars appear to have blocked Liverpool’s team bus from driving towards Old Trafford.
Fans are already getting into place outside Old Trafford ahead of the planned 6pm start to the protest.
Some, err, interesting scenes outside Old Trafford as fans begin to gather.
Gary Neville has underlined how the European Super League debacle has sparked the protests seen at Old Trafford and elsewhere.
He told Sky Sports: “They distrust the ownership and don’t believe they will deliver on the promises that have been made.
“What we have at the moment is a Man Utd fanbase which is wound up more than its ever been before. And you’ve got football fans all over the country who have been wound up in the last few weeks.
“Because I think, what the Glazer family and other five owners demonstrated was that the danger to their own clubs isn’t just contained to their own clubs, that they’re actually willing to damage every fan in this country.
“That has resurfaced the anger in the past few weeks.”
THREE HOURS TO KICK-OFF
Is that the first Manchester United protester preparing to scale the walls and plant a flag in the name of his Red Devils devotion, live on television?!
Alas no, it’s Jamie Carragher, filming a pre-game piece to camera.
Manchester United’s stars have already driven into the ground for tonight’s game, well in advance of any protests.
The club have decided not to use their usual Lowry Hotel base, which they became trapped in last time out.
A ring of steel has been put up around Old Trafford ahead of fans making their voices heard.
Let’s try this again, shall we?
Eleven days ago Manchester United fans protested the club’s Glazer owners following years of taking money out of the club and, more recently, the European Super League debacle.
Hundreds of supporters managed to rush the Old Trafford pitch and, with protesters also preventing the team from leaving its hotel, the game against Liverpool was called off.
At 8.15pm tonight, the rearranged derby kicks off – but a fresh protest is planned beforehand.
We’ll be keeping you to date with all the pre-game news, as well as the match itself, here.