- Liverpool vs Manchester United takes centre stage this weekend as both clubs renew their rivalry on Sunday
- An interesting statistic reveals United's front three have better goal returns this season than Liverpool's front three
- This is despite the Merseyside club being a staggering 27 points ahead of their rivals
Liverpool are set to renew their rivalry with Manchester United on Sunday, January 19, and prior to the game, some sub-plots are already forming.
While the Merseyside reds are clear favorites for the game, games like this are known to have no favourites historically.
One interesting statistic can actually prove this to be true as Liverpool, despite being miles ahead of their rivals, have not outscored Manchester United in the front three department.
The past two seasons have seen Liverpool establish themselves as the true powerhouses of goal scoring, particularly through their three front men: Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
It therefore comes as some sort of surprise to learn that this season, Manchester United trio Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and youngster Mason Greenwood actually have more goals combined that Liverpool’s ‘fantastic three’.
Martial, Greenwood and Rashford collectively have 39 goals among themselves this season, despite United’s hot and cold performances.
Liverpool’s trio are only one goal shy of United’s 39 goals, but they also have an inferior minutes-per-goal ratio.
United boss Solskjaer is also wary of his young boys’ performances this season and does not take it for granted.
"I don't want credit, they're working hard to improve their game, all done well,” he said.
Good stats rarely win games, however, and United still know Liverpool pose a genuine threat on Sunday, particularly at Anfield where they have gone more than 30 games unbeaten in the league.
Manchester United also face the prospect of working without their top scorer Rashford for the crunch match as the England forward hobbled off the pitch during the FA cup third round replay against Wolves on Wednesday.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lifted the lid on Marcus Rashford's injury scare, with the Norwegian manager saying his gamble on the England star ended up in regrets.
Rashford was called to action in the second half of FA Cup tie against Wolves but later limped off at Old Trafford after being challenged by Matt Doherty.
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