United need old De Gea back for visit to Liverpool

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Jose Mourinho's dire need for a top-drawer centre back at Manchester United will be brought into sharp focus when his team comes up against a defender whose commanding presence has laid the foundations for Liverpool's English Premier League title challenge. They now occupy sixth position in the division, eight points off the top four.

Liverpool have been rocked by a fresh injury blow ahead of their clash with Manchester United after confirming Joel Matip is facing six weeks out with a fractured collarbone.

Three key players who started on the bench against Valencia all featured in the match and, when asked in his post-match press conference whether the trio would start at Anfield, Mourinho, as quoted by Manchester Evening News, joked: "You have only to find eight more".

Liverpool's vice-captain became only the 13th player to hit the landmark in last Saturday's 4-0 victory at AFC Bournemouth, a game in which he filled in at right-back with typical diligence.

Indeed, there was nervousness around Anfield and despite Napoli's anonymity in the second-half, there was a feeling that they would make Liverpool pay for their missed chances.

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The former Chelsea boss took charge at Old Trafford in 2016 and led United to glory in the League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield in his first season in charge.

Wijnaldum said Liverpool would not underestimate United despite their struggles this season. He had conceded 26 goals in 16 games whereas last season he let in only 28 in 37 appearances.

"If you look at reputation you'd say David de Gea but De Gea has made a few mistakes this season, and if you're looking at what's happening this year then Alisson would start", Ince told the Mirror newspaper this week. Their last game on the road saw them trail 2-0 after 20 minutes at Southampton, before salvaging a 2-2 draw.

It's hard for people that can see to understand, but I think of it as normal to me and I have been like that all my life.

That means we can play Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris St Germain, Porto or Real Madrid.

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