Paul Pogba is back for Manchester United this weekend
Paul Pogba is back for Manchester United this weekend Tomas Ovalle

This weekend will decide Man U's hopes for EPL title

THIS Premier League weekend, we could see some decisions made about who is really in this title race and who's just making up the numbers.

Let's start at Old Trafford, where Manchester United take on a Brighton side unbeaten in five matches. Obviously, United are clear favourites - but what really matters is which United we see on Sunday morning.

Jose Mourinho's side have gone off the boil in recent weeks, with troubling losses to Huddersfield and Chelsea, either side of wins over Tottenham and Newcastle.

That inconsistency, so unusual for Mourinho, has been put down in part to injuries, in part to Jose's overly defensive attitude.

But the return of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends those excuses. So will we see a repeat of last week's demolition of Newcastle - or will it be a repeat of the confused midweek Champions League loss to Basel?

There appears to be some confusion over how United's attack will work, now the superstars are back. Will Ibra be a bit part player? And what happens when he comes on? Against Newcastle, striker Romelo Lukaka was shunted out the right, leaving United's attack looking muddled. It didn't matter by that point but still.

Against Basel, Lukaku kept his central role while Ibra sat behind as a No.10 - but that couldn't stop United slipping to an embarrassing defeat.

If Mourinho really wants to get on Manchester City's tail before they disappear up the ladder, now is the time to do it. Eight points back and with City looking unstoppable, United have to rediscover that early season form that kept pace with their rivals for a short while.

A middling display against a midtable team, however, would lead to some serious eyebrow raising in the Theatre of Dreams.

Elsewhere, Liverpool host Chelsea in what must be Jurgen Klopp's last realistic shot at keeping the Reds in with a shot.

Liverpool's record against top six sides covers all the bases. Thrashed by City, thrashing Arsenal, held by United, thrashed by Spurs. Hardly inspiring, even if their form has been red-hot since that Spurs defeat.

The Champions League held a glaring spotlight on the glaring deficiencies in Klopp's defence. Up 3-0 at half-time against Sevilla, Liverpool switched off and left the gate open.

Since that horrible loss to Crystal Palace Chelsea are unbeaten in four, scoring 10 and conceding twice.

The defending champions have largely been written off to this point - but victory at Anfield would return their status as contenders, put a dagger in Liverpool's and keep pressure on Manchester.

However, Chelsea haven't beaten Liverpool in the league in five attempts and the Blues' three losses already this season suggests Liverpool's attacking style could be much harder for them than Mourinho's boring pragmatism.

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