Mark Lawrenson reveals scoreline prediction ahead of Man Utd vs Liverpool

There's just five weeks left of Premier League football this season, and the race for European qualification looks set to go right down to the wire.

Arguably the pick of this weekend's top tier action is Manchester United's clash against Liverpool, which will see the Reds continue their attempts to claw back ground on the top four and secure Champions League qualification for next season.

In his weekly predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit and broadcaster Mark Lawrenson turned his attentions to the North-West derby, and tipped a 1-1 draw.

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Expanding on his choice, Lawro contended: “It was a pretty turgid affair when these two drew 0-0 at Anfield in January, and I am not expecting a thriller this time either - these games are rarely great ones. We might at least get a goal or two on Sunday, though.

Mark Lawrenson reveals scoreline prediction ahead of Man Utd vs Liverpool

“Manchester United have been winning at home recently, but they have left it late to win their past two league matches at Old Trafford. Burnley and Brighton have both scored there in the past month, so I think Liverpool will manage that too.”

Meanwhile, Lawro's opponent for the week, Royal Blood drummer and Brighton fan Ben Thatcher, backed the hosts to win 2-1, and said: “Oh, this is a big one. Liverpool are not scoring enough goals at the moment - they have got a touch of the Brightons about them.”

Liverpool last won at Old Trafford back in 2014, in a 3-0 thriller that saw Steven Gerrard score two and miss one penalty, while opposition defender Nemanja Vidic was sent off in the second half after receiving two bookings.