By the Numbers: How Many Goals in Liverpool v Manchester United?

The Reds take on Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, so how many goals should we expect in this FA Cup clash of Premier League heavyweights?

Liverpool FC v Manchester United - Premier League
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On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp will lead his squad into Old Trafford to take on Erik ten Hag's Manchester United in the FA Cup Quarterfinals. Let's take a quick look at the numbers to see whether we can determine how many goals to expect from this matchup.

With the exception of December's 0-0 draw in the Premier League, the Reds and Red Devils have put up some big scorelines in recent history, with the Reds scoring some huge wins in some of those matches.

The last FA Cup matchups between these clubs came in 2021, and the Red Devils came out on top 3-2. However, since then, the Reds have been on a tear against United with a 4-1-1 record in six Premier League matches, and Liverpool's goal differential in those matches is an astounding +17.

In the FA Cup this year, both clubs have been consistent scorers--Liverpool have not scored less than 2 goals in an FA Cup match, and United have scored multiple goals in all but one FA Cup match.

The competition in the FA Cup thus far has been varied for both clubs, but they have each defeated one Premier League club, with Liverpool defeating Arsenal and United defeating Nottingham Forest.

The FA Cup generally features young, talented players hungry to make a statement for their clubs, so I would expect a lot of attacking football in this matchup. That being said, both clubs' defenses do not give up goals easily, and they have both conceded just 2 goals in the FA Cup thus far.

However, even with top flight defenders on the pitch, I would expect this game to feature enough attacks to score a total of at least 4 goals.

Judging from recent history, the most likely outcome is a 4-0 or 3-1 victory for the Reds, but the Red Devils could push this game to extra-time or penalties if regular time ends in a 2-2 draw.

Regardless of the score, this will be a battle of two of England's most historic and successful clubs, so bragging rights and pride will certainly be on the line. Don't miss a second.