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Saturday August 31, 2013 MYT 7:00:00 AM
Friday August 30, 2013 MYT 5:28:37 PM
by randeep singh
Wayne Rooney's back at his best and United fans will hope he repeats his brilliant performance at Anfield on Sunday. – EPA Photo
MANCHESTER United hardly ever play badly in two consecutive games, and that could spell trouble for Liverpool.
This English Premier League meeting – at Anfield Sunday – bears the hallmarks of a titanic clash.
It will be feisty, intriguing, ugly, classic and explosive!
Yes, United were disappointing in Monday’s game against the other title hopefuls, Chelsea. The 0-0 draw they dished out was dour.
The Red Devils should have created more chances and been more clinical, but at least they didn’t concede a goal.
The other positive is Wayne Rooney.
On Monday we saw the Rooney we’ve all come to love – passionate, committed and hardworking.
Although still not 100% fit, he showed that he’s still the heartbeat of the team. No wonder United boss David Moyes does not want to sell him ... yet.
I’m more confident than ever that United will not sell Rooney after his encouraging display against suitors Chelsea. The Devils will need him to be at his brilliant best for Sunday’s visit to Merseyside.
United will surely have their work cut out for them at Anfield as Liverpool are on the ascendancy after winning their first two games – courtesy of fine goals by Daniel Sturridge.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have made their best start to a season in years and will be confident of bagging all three points again.
United’s defence must be at their best to stop the wily Philippe Coutinho and pacy Iago Aspas.
United’s marksmen – Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck – will find Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet a colossus between the posts.
Still, I expect Moyes’ men to give a good account of themselves.
The manager should play Wilfried Zaha instead of the inconsistent Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.
United are missing creativity in the final third and a tough tackler in the middle of the park.
Moyes is interested in Everton’s Marouane Fellaini (who is known to favour a deeper role in front of the defence) and I think he will provide a solid foundation next to Michael Carrick.
Perhaps Moyes should also look at getting either Juan Mata of Chelsea or Real Madrid’s Mezut Ozil to liven up the midfield.
Both like to operate behind the striker, wide left or wide right. Both are also naturally left-footed – either one would provide balance on the left.
I’d prefer Mata over Ozil as the Spaniard is settled in the English Premier League and is a threat from set pieces.
All said and done, get ready for an explosive Super Sunday!
Randeep Singh is looking forward to a lively Sunday evening and is willing to bet that his beloved Devils will not lose against their fiercest rivals.
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