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Erik ten Hag already knows his midfield trio to face Liverpool on Sunday

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has a straightforward choice in midfield against Liverpool this weekend following a suspension for captain Bruno Fernandes.

The Red Devils are currently on a two-match losing streak in all competitions. They suffered a shock 3-0 league defeat to Bournemouth which was followed by a 1-0 loss to Bayern in the Champions League.

Ten Hag will want his side to return to winning ways on Sunday, but the club face a huge challenge on their hands, having failed to beat Liverpool at Anfield since 2016.

They have gone eight games without a victory at the stadium. To make things worse, United have failed to score in seven of those and have netted just a solitary goal.

The manager will be aiming to end the wretched run tomorrow but ahead of the game, he is set to be without Fernandes after his fifth yellow card of the league campaign.

In his absence, Scott McTominay seems the natural replacement in the number 10 role for the Red Devils.

The Scot has relished playing from an advanced attacking role for his country and he could have a similar job on his hands at Liverpool without the extra defensive duties.

McTominay is already enjoying his best-ever scoring campaign in the Premier League with five goals and United could get the best out of him higher up the field at Anfield.

Elsewhere, Sofyan Amrabat should retain his defensive midfield role and we anticipate him to be accompanied by Kobbie Mainoo, who has impressed in recent games.

The club graduate has caught the eye with his composure and recovery pace from the centre of the park and could be a perfect foil for the Moroccan against the Reds midfield.

Hannibal Mejbri is the other choice in the squad but the Tunisian has been out-of-favour lately and does not possess the same concentration and passing range as Mainoo.

Hence, Ten Hag has a straight forward choice of playing Amrabat, Mainoo and McTominay as his midfield trio when United travel to Merseyside for the North West derby.