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Uganda's conversations today - October 19

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Added 19th October 2019 01:17 PM

One of the most trending topics in Uganda is Sunday's English Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool FC.

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One of the most trending topics in Uganda is Sunday's English Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool FC.

HERE IS WHAT IS TRENDING ON THE SOCIAL SPACE

One of the most trending topics in Uganda is Sunday's English Premier League old rivalry - Manchester United v Liverpool FC. The conversation is around the hashtag MUNLIV.

Since many of you are supporters of the English Premier League, we have therefore decided to dig deep into the upcoming match, which will be played at Old Trafford, and serve you with a helping of the latest news from both camps.

For starters, Liverpool are in perfect form, and have won all their eight games this season. They are top of the table.

In contrast, Manchester United are struggling - they are in the bottom half of the table - in 12th place, desperately in need of an inspiring performance. Is a clash with Jurgen Klopp's red-hot Kop the perfect chance for a huge turnaround?


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Klopp keen to make Man Utd wait for turnaround

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester United will turn their floundering fortunes around, but wants to make sure they have to wait at least another week to do so.

Klopp's men travel to Old Trafford on Sunday already 15 points ahead of their rivals just eight games into the campaign.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his side to rise to the challenge of facing the European champions, citing it as the "perfect game" to motivate his struggling side.

Klopp has sympathy for Solskjaer's view, but he is confident of winning for the first time at Old Trafford as Liverpool boss.

"I don't think there are a lot of teams who would love to play against us at the moment. It looks like Man Utd is the only team that wants to play us, and we have to make sure that is a misunderstanding," said Klopp on Friday.

"I would do the same if the situation was the other way around. This is the game we can change the world, that is the way I would prepare it.

"They are in a situation that they don't like and they want to change it. We just have to make sure that if they want to change it, they start a week later and that's all."


United will be without the injured Paul Pogba and David de Gea, while Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka remain doubts.

And Klopp expects the Red Devils to improve once they get a number of key players back.

"They had a lot of injuries," he added. "A number of really decisive players for them. No one can play the same football when five or six first-team players are out. That will change."

By contrast, Liverpool could head to Old Trafford with a clean bill of health, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker set to return for the first time since the opening weekend of the season, while Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah have recovered from knocks.

"There are two more sessions to come from this afternoon and we have to see," said Klopp on whether all three will start. "Then we’ll make decisions, that’s how it is. Nothing is fixed."

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Liverpool match can spark Man Utd revival - Solskjaer

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the visit of rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday could help galvanize his struggling side to pull themselves out of their alarming slump.

The difference in current fortunes between English football's two most successful clubs could not be greater, with Liverpool top of the table after eight wins out of eight.

The European champions are also on a run of 17 consecutive league victories, while United have made their worst start to a season for 30 years.

If results go against them on Saturday, United could even be teetering just above the relegation zone by the time they kick off on Sunday, but Solskjaer is bullish.

"They’re doing well in the league that’s for sure but we’re looking forward to this game,” said the Norwegian on Friday.

"This is a perfect game for the players and the fans. We’ve had a tough time and a difficult time lately but I am sure we will give them a good game."

United have just nine points from their first eight league matches of this season and are currently 12th in the table.

Stretching back to Solskjaer’s permanent appointment in March, they have won only five games out of 21 in all competitions.

 hhhh Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has backed Solskjaer

 

It is far below expectations, which the manager knows, but he believes that the work going on behind the scenes will pay dividends eventually.

"We have come a long way on what you call the culture and environment that we are working in. That is positive," added Solskjaer, who said the mood around the club had changed from the final days under Jose Mourinho last season.

"At times last season I didn’t feel the players had the robustness or the mentality. But from the culture I am seeing every day and the attitude in training, the players want to give everything.

"The staff and players know when it’s Liverpool coming up. When you sign for Manchester United, this is the first game you look for against one of the main rivals.

"And it’s a chance as I did, a couple of times, to get in the history books."

Solskjaer’s comments came after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward revealed his backing for the manager.

Woodward praised Solskjaer for installing more "discipline" into the squad as well as his faith in young players.

And Solskjaer admitted that long-term improvements could mean some tough decisions in the short term.

"I speak to Ed loads of times and we do have a plan," he said. 

“We have made some decisions that in the short-term would harm us but in the long-term would benefit us and that is all part of the plan.

"Results are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker with results and performances. But I am sure we will get there."

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Man Utd lose Pogba, De Gea for Liverpool clash

 

Manchester United's hopes of upsetting the odds against Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday suffered a fresh blow as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed both Paul Pogba and David de Gea will miss the clash at Old Trafford through injury.

De Gea pulled up with a muscle problem during Spain's 1-1 draw away to Sweden in qualifying for Euro 2020 on Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks.

"David needs a scan,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. "I think he'll be out."

Pogba was absent for France during the international break due to the recurrence of an ankle problem that has seen him start just once in the Premier League since August.

The World Cup winner played 90 minutes against Rochdale in the League Cup and Arsenal last month, but missed United's latest defeat at Newcastle just before the international break.

"He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier," added Solskjaer.

"He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks' rest in a boot, so hopefully he won't be too long, but he won't make this game, no.”

Solskjaer is, though, hopeful that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial will make their return from injury against Liverpool, even if they are not yet fit enough to play 90 minutes.

"Hopefully Aaron and Anthony will last through the training this week and be available for selection. If it's for half a game or 30 minutes, I don't know, but let's see where they're at," said Solskjaer.


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