Liverpool-born Man United striker Wayne Rooney says it hurts seeing the Reds above them in the league. Too bad the status quo will remain for some time to come yet as they are 11 points behind Liverpool. - AFP
CLASSIFIED as English football’s most intense rivalry, there’s plenty at stake here for both teams.
Liverpool, chasing their first Premier League title in over two decades, are definitely the favourites going into this match given their away form. Manchester United are sixth in the standings – 11 points behind Liverpool.
The Reds will ride into Old Trafford this weekend oozing with confidence as they have found the back of the net in their last 16 Premier League away trips, with only Arsenal managing to keep them out.
SAS (that’s Suarez and Sturridge) have been in sublime form this season – scoring at will and terrorising every defender in the Premier League.
But this is only the second time in 23 years that Liverpool will visit Old Trafford looking down on the Red Devils. The last time the Reds did that was in 1996 and they were one point ahead.
Liverpool have definitely had a better season compared to United and are the most in-form team at the moment. They have only dropped two points from a possible 18. Of course, Brendan Rodgers had two seasons to get it right.
For United, a win on Sunday would mean a step closer to a European spot next season and a psychological boost before they play Olympiakos in their return leg of the last 16 Champions League.
United have won two games in a row and need this win to avoid being ridiculed.
While Rafael is expected to make a return this weekend, Jonny Evans is still out.
This means United will have to start with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. This is not good news given the speed of SAS, but sometimes you just have to rely on experience.
All midfielders are available and one can only hope that David Moyes will pick the right ones. It would be great to see Shinji Kagawa start alongside Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie for a change.
United can beat any side on their day but it all depends on which team Moyes put out.
It is hard to find positives about this side but if the players decide to show up and play for pride, Liverpool will be in trouble.
United have to launch an all-out attack from the first minute and defend well to ensure minimal service for SAS. If Suarez and Sturridge get hold of the ball, the Devils will be in trouble.
This is one fixture where you can throw the formbook aside. This is for pride and I believe United will come out on top.
United to win 2-1.