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  1. Man Utd v Liverpool: Who makes your United team?, published at18:01 21 October

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    Manchester United host Liverpool in the latest round of Premier League fixtures on Sunday, but who will make it into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting XI?

    You'll be able to pick - and share on social media - your own line-up for every Premier League game throughout the campaign.

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Red Devils team to face Liverpool

  2. Man Utd v Liverpool: What does the form show?, published at16:07 21 October

    Man Utd v Liverpool form in past five games: Man Utd - win v Atalanta, loss v Leicester, draw v Everton, win v Villarreal, loss v Aston Villa.  Liverpool - wins v Atletico Madrid, Watford, draw v Man City, win v Porto, draw v Brentford
    • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League matches against ‘United’ teams (won 18, drawn 7) since losing 2-1 at Manchester United in March 2018. Should they avoid defeat on Sunday, it would be the joint-longest unbeaten run against ‘United’ teams in the history of the Football League, matching Brentford’s 26-game run between October 1998 and November 2000.

    • Manchester United are without a clean sheet in any of their last nine home league matches, their longest run since between September 1970 and February 1971 (10). Meanwhile, United have only picked up eight points from their last seven home Premier League matches (won two, drawn two, lost three), winning twice as many points in their previous seven at Old Trafford (16 – won five, drawn one, lost one).

    • Liverpool are unbeaten in 18 league games, the longest current run in the top four tiers of English football (won 13, drawn five). Away from home, the Reds have scored at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League games (17 in total), with only United last season having a longer such run (six).

  3. Manchester United v Liverpool: Last time out, published at15:17 21 October

    Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah celebrate against Manchester UnitedImage source, Getty Images

    Manchester United host Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend - but what happened when the two teams last met in the top flight?

    Jurgen Klopp celebrated his first win at Old Trafford as Liverpool came from behind to beat Manchester United 4-2 in May.

    United struck first through Bruno Fernandes' deflected opener in a thrilling game, before Liverpool hit back through Diogo Jota.

    Roberto Firmino scored either side of half-time to make it 3-1 and, after Marcus Rashford pulled one back for United, Mohamed Salah wrapped up the points with a late breakaway.

    The victory over second-placed United boosted Liverpool's chances of a Champions League place with three games remaining.

  4. Man Utd v Liverpool: Head-to-head stats, published at13:24 21 October

    Premier League record, 58 games. Man Utd; 28 wins, 79 goals, 18 clean sheets. Liverpool; 16 wins, 67 goals, 15 clean sheets
    • Manchester United have won just one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (drawn six, lost three), losing this same fixture 4-2 last season.

    • Following that 4-2 win in May, Liverpool are looking to secure consecutive league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since January 2002.

    • United shipped four goals in a home Premier League game for only the fifth time in last season’s encounter with Liverpool. The last team to score four or more goals in consecutive top-flight visits to Old Trafford was Burnley in 1961-62 (won 4-1) and 1962-63 (won 5-2).

  5. Transfer news: United and City battle for Olmo, published at12:47 21 October

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    Manchester United and rivals City are both considering challenging Barcelona in the race for 23-year-old RB Leipzig and Spain striker Dani Olmo. (Christian Falk on Twitter), external

    United are on alert after Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans, 24, turned down a contract extension offer from the Foxes, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich also interested in the Belgium international. (90 mins), external

    Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 27, threatened to push through a transfer request after he heard United were one of 12 clubs that signed up to the proposed European Super League. (The Athletic), external

    Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called his players to an emergency meeting on Monday after the 4-2 defeat by Leicester City, with his side responding by coming back from 2-0 down to beat Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday. (Times - subscription required), external

    Want more transfer news? Read Thursday's full gossip column

  6. Is this a turning point for United & Solskjaer?, published at11:31 21 October

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar SolskjaerImage source, Getty Images

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he thought his Manchester United side "played well" in the first half of their Champions League comeback win over Atalanta.

    Former United midfielder Paul Scholes described the same 45 minutes as "a major worry" and a period that would see them rolled over by Liverpool when they meet on Sunday.

    Fellow pundit and former United defender Rio Ferdinand praised the "intensity", saying "there is no better game to roll into the weekend".

    But, as we have seen before, just when it seems Solskjaer's back is against the wall and his status is becoming weak, he and his players produce a result to release the pressure.

    Is the Atalanta result a turning point for United and Solskjaer? Share your thoughts here

  7. Man Utd 'still a work in progress', published at10:52 21 October

    Man Utd celebrate their late winner against AtalantaImage source, Getty Images

    Manchester United have been warned not to get carried away with their dramatic 3-2 Champions League comeback win against Atalanta on Wednesday.

    Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon praised the Red Devils’ second-half performance but told BBC Radio 5 Live there is still plenty of room for improvement in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

    “What we don’t want to hear from the dressing room is soundbites like ‘we’ve turned the corner’ because they are still a work in progress for me,” said Lennon.

    “United cut through Atalanta at will at times, but they still have issues at the back. They needed that double save from David de Gea at a real crucial time of the game - it could have gone away from them at that stage.

    “This will do them mentally and psychologically the world of good, but they have a lot of work to do and can’t get too blasé.

    "They have spent  lot of money on a back four that looks really vulnerable and quite passive at times.”

    Hear more on Manchester United (from 00'15) on the Football Daily podcast on BBC Sounds.

  8. 300 goals under Solskjaer at Man Utd, published at09:56 21 October

    Marcus Rashford’s goal against Atalanta was the 300th scored for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Rashford also scoring the first back in December 2018‎‎‏‏‎ ‎
  9. The story of Man Utd's Champions League comeback, published at09:16 21 October

    At 2-0 down...

    Champions League Group F: 1. Atalanta, 2. Villarreal, 3. Young Boys, 4. Man Utd

    At full-time...

    Champions League Group F: 1. Man Utd, 2. Atalanta, 3. Villarreal, 4. Young Boys
  10. They know they are the luckiest men in the world - Solskjaer, published at08:14 21 October

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking to BT Sport: "The fans are a big part of this club. The singing section there kept the players going with their belief. That is what you do at Manchester United on a Champions League night. This corner of the stadium here are the best in the world. There is a bit of time when you are down as a supporter but you keep going.

    "I thought we played well first half too. Two chances, two goals. It has to stop if we are to survive. We have a habit of doing this at this club. I thought we played well and they scored a goal out of nothing and then another set-piece. But they never stopped believing and kept going.

    On whether the players are playing for him: "Don't disrespect the players. They play for Manchester United and they know they are the luckiest men in the world. Tonight they are the luckiest men in the world because they get to play for Manchester United. That is what so many millions of boys and girls want to do.

    "At half-time, I said make sure we get the next goal, because then we win the game. As long as we don't concede I was pretty sure we would win the game. It was just about taking chances."

  11. Man Utd 3-2 Atalanta: The pick of the stats, published at08:01 21 October

    Marcus Rashford scores v AtalantaImage source, Getty Images
    • Manchester United have won a Champions League game from two or more goals down for the third time – no side has done so more often in the competition (Arsenal also three).

    • United have conceded in each of their last 12 home games in all competitions, their longest run without a clean sheet at Old Trafford since February 1964 (13).

    • Atalanta led 2-0 after 28 minutes, the second earliest a team has led 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Champions League, after Braga in October 2012 (20 minutes). Manchester United also came back to win that match 3-2.

  12. Tweets from the comeback kings, published at07:29 21 October

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  13. Man Utd v Atalanta: Confirmed team news, published at19:08 20 October

    Marcus Rashford makes his first start of the season for Manchester United, while Fred and Scott McTominay are recalled into midfield.

    Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo.

    Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Dalot, Telles, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Pogba, van de Beek, Cavani, Elanga, Sancho.


    Luis Muriel starts for Atalanta with Duván Zapata on the bench.

    Atalanta XI: Musso, de Roon, Demiral, Palomino, Zappacosta, Freuler, Koopmeiners, Maehle, Pasalic, Ilicic, Muriel.

    Subs: Pezzella, Malinovsky, Rossi, Scalvini, Sportiello, Miranchuk, Lovato, Zapata, Piccoli.

  14. Maguire, Bailly or Jones for United?, published at15:04 20 October

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    Four defeats in Manchester United's past seven games have brought boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's position into scrutiny, and while the club remain convinced they are on the right path, some supporters are concerned with the way the season has gone so far.

    Ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game with Atalanta, the Red Devils are admittedly in a much better position to qualify thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's late winner against Villarreal three weeks ago, but still in need of another win to take a further step towards the knockout stage.

    With just one clean sheet in their past 19 games, the decision to bring back Harry Maguire after a calf problem backfired against Leicester as the Reds captain lacked sharpness and United's defending was hesitant.

    Will Maguire be given another opportunity to work back towards full fitness ahead of Liverpool on Sunday, or will Eric Bailly or Phil Jones get an opportunity in central defence against the Italian side?

    Solskjaer is also set to be asked how to find that elusive balance between midfield and attack, as he tries to incorporate attacking talents like Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes all into the team.

  15. 'Cohesion can help Solskjaer's cause', published at14:28 20 October

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brushed off widespread criticism of the club's form when he faced the media on Tuesday.

    But Joe Smith from the Stretford Paddock YouTube Channel believes the Red Devils boss needs to re-unite the team on and off the pitch - and solve the ongoing conundrum of how best to utilise Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Smith told BBC Sounds' Football Daily: "Top of the list, I think we need to see a team who plays with cohesion. Maybe we look at philosophy and tactics after that. Before anything else we need to look like we're all pulling in the same direction.

    "This team is playing the worst it's played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Before anything else we need to have everyone pulling in the same direction."

    Asked about how Ronaldo fits into the Manchester United approach, he added: "There's an issue that needs to be addressed. If you're going to play Ronaldo every week you have to account for the fact that when you don't have the ball, you have 10 men.

    "Regardless of whether we should have signed him, we now have to react to the fact we have signed him."

    You can listen to the debate on BBC Sounds' Football Daily here from 32 minutes.

  16. 'Times have changed' - Lingard on being a black role model, published at13:56 20 October

    Jesse Lingard in action for EnglandImage source, Getty Images

    As part of Black History Month, BBC Sport has spoken to some of the inspirational black leaders within the England men's set-up about the importance of their roles.

    Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has been a senior England international for five years and played in Gareth Southgate's first game as manager.

    In that time he has seen his status grow from young player to experienced head in the dressing room. That change and time has seen him become one of the leaders within the England squad.

    He said: "The way that Gareth works he has a really good set-up. Everyone wants to come to England camps, everybody enjoys coming to England.

    "The things we do off the pitch, team bonding, everybody knows each other and it helps on the pitch. It's so diverse and there's so much culture in the team it helps a lot.

    "You know we speak about everything as a team. It's never individual if anyone is going through something off the pitch, whether that's racial [or not], we always speak about it for the best solution.

    "That's what's happened over the years, times have changed. We're such a tight-knit squad, we come together whether it be an on-the-field issue or off-the-field issue."

    Read more about the black England role models inspiring a generation

  17. Man Utd v Atalanta: Team news, published at13:41 20 October

    Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka returns from suspension after his Uefa ban was halved to one game.Image source, Getty Images

    Manchester United will be without injured France pair Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial for their Champions League game with Atalanta on Wednesday.

    Edinson Cavani and Fred could return after missing the defeat by Leicester City because of the late finish of South American World Cup qualifiers.

    Meanwhile, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka returns from suspension after his Uefa ban was halved to one game.

    United sit third in Group F on three points.

    Pick and share your Manchester United XI here

  18. MOTD Top 10 full-backs - United trio make the list, published at13:01 20 October

    Denis Irwin, Gary Neville and Patrice EvraImage source, Getty Images

    From the old-school dogged defensive stalwarts to today's high-energy, flying wing-backs, the role of the full-back has changed dramatically over the years. But who ranks among the best in the Premier League era?

    That was the subject tackled by Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards in the latest Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.

    Three Manchester United players make the list, with Patrice Evra ranked fourth by Richards and ninth by Shearer. The Frenchman won five Premier League titles during his nine-year stay at Old Trafford.

    Denis Irwin was ranked seventh by Richards and second by Shearer, while another member of United's 1999 treble-winning side, Gary Neville, was ranked second by Richards and fifth by Shearer.

    Shearer on Evra: "He was a brilliant player - quick, strong, he got up and down and was a part of that Manchester United team that were hugely successful."

    Shearer on Irwin: "He was Mr Reliable, hardly ever missed games and scored goals. The £600,000 Manchester United paid for him from Oldham, talk about value for money. He paid that back and a few million more. He was always the quiet one in that Manchester United team, but he was like the silent assassin."

    Richards on Neville: "I wouldn't say, when I look at his game, that he was the best full-back, but it is his consistency that means he is this high up. And playing that many games for Manchester United and all that he won."

    Who else made the cut?

    And listen to how they reached their final list in Match of the Day: Top 10 on BBC Sounds

  19. Fernandes key to United's European success?, published at11:01 20 October

    Since October 2020, Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in more goals in the Champions League than any other player for Manchester United (seven – four goals and three assists).
  20. Transfer news: United target Trippier wants Premier League return, published at07:41 20 October

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    Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier, 31, who was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, has said he would "love" to play in the Premier League again. (Mirror), external

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to clear out at least five players from his squad when the transfer window opens in January. (Sun), external

    Solskjaer says the club need to decide before Christmas whether to keep Ivory Coast international Amad Diallo, 19, at the club or send him out on loan in January. (Football Italia), external

    Want more transfer news? Read Wednesday's full gossip column