Writer: Red Boy
Date:Saturday March 5 2011
After the defeat at Stamford Bridge, on Tuesday evening, Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they visit Anfield this Sunday. But with Liverpool having improved their form under Kenny Dalglish it promises to be a tough fixture.
It`s a clash of the two titans of the English game and it`s eagerly anticipated. With Sir Alex under caution it seem sot be Kenny Dalglish who is talking more about the game and on the eve of the fixture he`s remarked,
"It's the biggest game but only because it's the next game. But everyone plays football to get to the highest level they possibly can and the games between Liverpool and Manchester United are the highest category of games you can get."
We`d disagree, Liverpool are so yesterday!
Kenny Dalglish will be relishing taking on Sir Alex Ferguson but his squad is bereft of a couple of players with Kelly and Shelvey both out and with doubts existing about Agger, Carroll and Meireles.
Did Liverpool really cough up £35 million for a centre-forward who could still be considered a rookie? Will he make his debut against us this Sunday? Stay tuned to find out!
Sir Alex Ferguson takes his squad the short distance to Anfield with several injury concerns, particularly in the defence. Nemanja Vidic is suspended and both Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans are struggling to convince Sir Alex that they are fit. It could boil down to a decision between Wes Brown and John O`Shea as to who will partner young Chris Smalling.
Elsewhere, United will be without Ji-Sung Park, Owen Hargreaves, Anderson and Valencia. Also rated as doubtful is Patrice Evra.
Scored a decent goal at Stamford Bridge, on Tuesday, and will be looking to get his season back on track with something similar at Anfield.
A few stats for you to mull over:-
The clubs have met an astonishing 155 times, United lead in the victory stakes by 60 wins to 55
Our Premier League record against Liverpool has seen us harvest 67 points which include 20 wins.
But, we should point out, Liverpool have beaten us on our last two visits to Anfield.
Our officials for this fixture are Phil Dowd in the middle, Dean Mohareb & Glenn Turner running the line and Andre Marriner patrolling the technical area, I wonder if they`ll meet with Sir Alex`s approval after the game!
After the loss to Chelsea, United could do with getting three points here to extend the gap at the top of the table, but I have this sneaking feeling, and I don`t know where it comes from that we`ll be settling for a 1-1 draw! Let`s hope I`m wrong and we take all three points though!
Next Saturday we face Arsenal in a FA Cup quarter-final clash.
Date:Saturday March 5 2011
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