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RIVALRY RENEWED: Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford

Two of the most decorated clubs in English football do battle in the race for the Premier League title on Sunday as Liverpool travel to Manchester United.

It's the 236th meeting between the two arch-rivals which dates all the way back to when United were still called Newton Heath, with the first game coming in 1894.

Both of these sides have aspirations of winning the Premier League this season but their form couldn't be further apart.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure with United struggling in the league after two wins in their last five league games.

That includes defeats to Aston Villa and Leicester City as well as a 1-1 draw with Everton in between.

A midweek comeback against Atalanta, where Solskjaer's side where 2-0 down at halftime, has eased some of the pressure as United currently sit top of their Champions League group - similar to Liverpool.

Paul Scholes commented at the interval that Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp would be rubbing his hands together after watching that first half but the Liverpool boss rejected that claim.

His side are the clear favourites heading into the tie based on recent form and previous meetings. Liverpool are yet to taste defeat this season and are unbeaten in all competitions since being beaten by Real Madrid in April.

Liverpool are also unbeaten in their last 25 Premier League games against teams named United. The last time they did lose was a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in 2018.

Add to that the fact that United have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Liverpool, drawing six and losing three.

Liverpool can complete consecutive league victories at Old Trafford for the first time since 2002 should they beat United on Sunday.

On the injury front, Liverpool welcomed back Curtis Jones to training on Friday after recovering from an injury he sustained on England U21s duty.

For United, they could be without Bruno Fernandes who has picked up a knock according to United boss Solskjaer. Marcus Rashford and Fred are also doubts.


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New BBC film tackles male body image issues

Written and directed by Mathew David, Skinny Fat is a Welsh LGBTQ+ comedy
drama based on real life events. A gay man confronts his belly fat in a shop
changing room, triggering him to relive an abusive past relationship. But who can
save him from his own body? The film stars Welsh acting legend Ruth Madoc (Hi-de-Hi!, Little Britain) and
François Pandolfo (BBC’s The Tuckers, Doctor Who), alongside David himself It
received its world premiere at the opening night of this year’s Iris Prize LGBT+ Film
Festival in October.

Director Mathew David says, “it is really important to start a conversation about male
body image during Movember. Men’s Health Awareness Month. The film touches on
Male body dysmorphia, Mental Abuse and body issues within the LGBTQ+
community. Most of these issues are barely being discussed and the conversation
needs to be started”.

Based on Mathew’s real life experiences with body dysmorphia and an abusive
relationships, Mathew believes it is important to raise these issues. Whilst his vision
explores these dramatic themes, there is a sprinkle of comedy and warmth in the
form of Welsh acting legend Ruth Madoc.
Skinny Fat is commissioned by the Ffolio Scheme for BBC Wales, BBC Arts, Ffilm
Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales.

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