Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford (2.05pm GMT) in what could turn out to be a crucial moment in the Premier League title race. 

Liverpool will regain top spot from Manchester City so long as they avoid defeat, but they face a team reinvigorated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and in sensational form, with stars like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford transformed under the caretaker manager.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled to capture their rampant best in recent weeks but have Virgil van Dijk back in the side after his midweek Champions League suspension. Follow it live:

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Well, it was a game so disrupted by four first half injuries, and it never got going again.


Not one to live long in the memory, and Arsenal’s win takes them back above Manchester United into the top four.


Liverpool return to the top of the table, but it is the most slender of margins separating them from Manchester City, and Pep Guardiola’s side have the ascendency with regards to goal difference.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains unbeaten in the Premier League with Manchester United – a battling point for his side against considerable adversity.



FULL TIME: Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool



FULL TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Southampton 


90 minutes


So, so close!


Romelu Lukaku curls across and Chris Smalling seems poised to touch home at the far post after Joel Matip wisely ducks out of the way for fear of an own goal, but the centre-half decides not to fully commit to the ball and thus can’t reach on the stretch. 


That wasn’t far away from him at all.


Two added minutes.

89 minutes


James Milner’s ball in is far too deep, and Scott McTominay gets his head to it first anyway.

88 minutes


Set-pieces look the most likely route to a late goal, and Luke Shaw concedes one wide on the right, 35 yards from goal.

Arsenal 2-0 Southampton, 90 minutes


Into three minutes of additional time at the Emirates.


Arsenal moving back into the top four as things stand.

85 minutes


This game seems to be careering towards 0-0.


Sadio Mane has been nothing short of diabolical this afternoon. He’s struggled to find even the simplest of passes. 

Arsenal 2-0 Southampton, 87 minutes


Nearly a third!


Angus Gunn somehow gets a hand to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s attempted square to Alexandre Lacazette after Mesut Ozil released his striking pair.


82 minutes


With both sides rather frustrated by fairly toothless performances, there is a scrappy nature to the game now.


Both Ashley Young and XHerdan Shaqiri go into Michale Oliver’s book for mistimed challenges.

Arsenal 2-0 Southampton, 83 minutes


Arsenal are very effectively defusing anything Southampton are trying to do, and a comeback looks increasingly unlikely.


With both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sniffing chances on the counter-attack, Southampton are somewhat reticent to fully pour men into their efforts to get back in the game with their goal difference not taking too bad a hit as things stand.


79 minutes


A surprise.


Jurgen Klopp will make his final change, Divock Origi coming on, and Mohamed Salah is the man to come off. 


He’s had a pretty wretched afternoon, finding little joy against Luke Shaw.


Can Origi produce another late derby winner?

78 minutes


Victor Lindelof slices a clearance away, showing impressive burst to beat Mohamed Salah to Andrew Robertson’s cross.

75 minutes


In the back of the net, but Chris Smalling is just offside!


Clever free kick play from Manchester United, two players stepping over the ball before Luke Shaw sashays up to take, curling to the far post where Smalling is allowed to run free.


Joel Matip awkwardly turns the ball into his own net, but his blushes are spared by the linesman’s flag, Smalling’s legs stretching beyond Sadio Mane’s hindmost point and the offside decision is correct.


71 minutes 


Time for Xherdan Shaqiri.


Jordan Henderson is the man replaced.


Liverpool immediately go to a 4-4-2, with Sadio Mane wide on the left and Shaqiri on the right touchline, Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah the forrward-most duo.

70 minutes


Georginio Wijnaldum beats Scott McTominay to the ball but heads against the defender, the ball flying wide for a second corner, which comes to nothing.


Arsenal 2-0 Southampton, 70 minutes


Mohamed Elyounoussi has come on for Southampton as they look for a route back into the fixture, while Alex Iwobi trudges off with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking his place, Denis Suarez somewhat surprisingly left on the bench as Unai Emery makes his final change.

67 minutes


Scott McTominay is doing a very passable Nemanja Matic impression in defensive midfield, destroying well and filling spaces with intelligence and experience beyond his years.

65 minutes


Xherdan Shaqiri is warming up for Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp will surely be considering the Swiss playmaker.


His side seem a little devoid of ideas, as evidenced by Georginio Wijnaldum’s decision to unfurl a speculative drive that flies high and wide of David De Gea’s goal.

62 minutes


Sky Sports suggest that Marcus Rashford winced coming out of the tunnel every time he put weight on his left foot.


He’s nowhere near fit, but he’ll have to soldier on.


Manchester United are doing well to shut this game down and have so far prevented Liverpool from generating momentum.

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