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Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera start over Juan Mata as Manchester United take on Liverpool

If Juan Mata's to replicate his heroics from United's last visit to Anfield, he'll have to do so from the bench.

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The lineups are out for Manchester United's big clash against Liverpool at Anfield, and the big news is that Juan Mata has been omitted from Louis van Gaal's starting lineup.

Instead, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard all start in midfield; the latter's presumably out on the right, with Herrera playing in the hole.Perhaps United's best performance all season came with Herrera playing off the striker, so perhaps there's a teeny, tiny reason for optimism in spite of Fellaini's presence.

For Liverpool, Lucas Leiva has come into midfield for some extra steel, with Joe Allen left out. Roberto Firmino has, as expected, been preferred to Christian Benteke up top. Let the fun begin!

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin; Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard; Wayne Rooney.

Subs: Romero, Depay, Mata, Varela, McNair, Borthwick-Jackson, Pereira

Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré, Nathaniel Clyne; Emre Can, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson; James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana.