United v Liverpool Preview!
After the disappointment of drawing our last two games, one of those being in the Champions League (remember that Liverpool), against Rangers, we have the immediate chance to get back into winning ways.
Having already dropped Premier League points in our away fixtures against Fulham and Everton, Sir Alex Ferguson will be keen to make sure that no further points are dropped as we seek to close the gap on the leaders Chelsea.
Liverpool, with Roy Hodgson now at the helm, will be keen to come to Old Trafford to spoil the party and that`s why this fixture always carries a sense of intrigue because, as past form shows, you`re never quite sure which way it`ll end up going!
Sir Alex has lit the fuse for this classic encounter by entering into one of his famous mind-games and choosing to aim one last broadside at the departed Rafa Benitez whilst also pouring scorn on their financial woes, remarking
"In the last regime they spent a lot of money on players, far more than Manchester United did."
"They had a huge squad of players, so I don`t know if that`s anything to do with it."
And as for Rafa
"I`ve never been personal. You have to examine him, not me."
"I`ve always enjoyed a good relationship with Liverpool managers. That changed under the last regime."
Glad to see that Sir Alex is still firing on all cylinders as far as Liverpool are concerned.
United Team News:
Having made a right balls-up when it came to selecting his side for the Glasgow Rangers Champions League fixture, we`re in no doubt that the big-guns will be rolled out on Sunday.
One player definitely absent though will be Antonio Valencia who picked up a horrific injury in the aforementioned match, he joins Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick on the injured list.
Likely to make his first Premier League outing this season will be Rio Ferdinand and Rio will be taking his place in a starting eleven that could well look like this:-
Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, O`Shea, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Nani, Rooney and Berbatov.
Player to watch: Dimitar Berbatov
The Bulgarian has started the season well and a fixture against Liverpool is the sort of game where the Bulgarian just has to deliver.
Liverpool Team News:
Roy Hodgson brings his squad to Old Trafford on the back of a fine Europa League (ha ha!) win. Hodgson rested his big guns for that game but there`s no way he`ll name a side for this fixture without the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres in the line-up.
Joe Cole, having received a red-card in his Premier League debut at Anfield, against Arsenal, will return to the starting eleven and will be keen to add to the 26 second goal he scored on Thursday night.
Missing, due to injury will be the Dutch international Dirk Kuyt.
Player to watch: Fernando Torres
Always seems to do well at Old Trafford, let`s hope he has a quiet game this time around.
Match Facts & Stats
The history pages show that United hold the upper hand over their opponents tomorrow. United have won 69times, Liverpool have won 60 with there being 50 draws although, strangely, there has only been one draw between the two sides in the last twenty Premier League clashes
The man in charge for this fiery fixture is Howard Webb Look out for a flash of red in this fixture as there have been six red cards shown in the last seven meetings!
A win is essential and that`s what we`re going for, United to win 2-0!
United take on Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup and then face Bolton Wanderers away next weekend.