Can Man U snap Liverpool's win streak?

By George Davis, Mariah Ramharack&Lance Whittaker January 17, 2020

This weekend all eyes turn to the EPL where Manchester United tackle unbeaten Liverpool.

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    Sancho is under contract until 2023 and Reus is delighted at the prospect of another campaign alongisde the former Manchester City youth player at Signal Iduna Park.

    "For us it's great. We were all excited that he will stay at least one more year," Dortmund captain Reus told reporters. "Simply because he keeps on delivering goals and assists via which we will collect a lot of points."

    Reus does not yet know the extent of Sancho's potential and is unwilling to say whether he has the promise to perform at the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "He's a crucial player for us and if he one day will be as big a player as the other two [Ronaldo and Messi] we will see.

    "He simply needs time, a lot of experience, and there will be times where everything's not going that well and one will see how he will get through that.

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    Dortmund face Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup on Wednesday, having suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat to Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

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    Shaw is hoping to see some of United's younger talent thrive when the club travel to play Brighton and Hove Albion in the EFL Cup fourth round on Wednesday.

    It will be United's second match against Brighton in the space of five days after they somehow escaped with a 3-2 Premier League win in an incredible first meeting on Saturday.

    Discussing the likelihood of changes to the team for the EFL Cup, Shaw told MUTV: "I think that is something those younger players need to smell and know with this manager that they are going to get a chance.

    "They are always working hard, always pushing themselves and they know they will get a chance if they keep working.

    "Hopefully we can see some more youngsters on Wednesday and they can show what they can do.

    "Of course, it is a competition we want to win, but it gives the manager that opportunity to give chances to other players that are on the bench and on the fringe, who are training very hard to get chances.

    "Games like this are perfect for them. It is good that we have got a very strong squad with players who are ready to play and are ready to take their chance.

    "I am sure the players are looking forward to that on Wednesday.

    "Matches are coming thick and fast. They are competitions that we want to be strong in, we want to be winning and be challenging in, but it is also a chance for players to get game time and sharpness."

    Brighton hit the woodwork five times in the league meeting and netted a 95th-minute equaliser, only for Bruno Fernandes to score a match-winning penalty in the 10th minute of added time.

    That came after a VAR review for handball went in United's favour despite the final whistle being blown between the incident and the check.

    "Ups and downs really," reflected Shaw. "It was a game that was very important points-wise, although obviously we as players and the manager know we can perform much better.

    "Brighton are a really good team, they played really good football and had a lot of chances."

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