Oh, yes. We love it, guys, let’s face it. It always quickens our blood to see Liverpool coming to Old Trafford even though it is never going to be the most spectacular game. Few would disagree with the claim that one of our high points last season was Rio Ferdinand’s last-gasp goal against our hated rivals. Now United are overwhelming favourites considering league position and form but that’s not an advantage for us to be honest. I expect a bitter battle on the field – I hope the Scousers are not going to nick the points like Arsenal had done. I’d love to see Gary Neville celebrating once again…
Sir Alex Ferguson: ‘It will be a hard game on Sunday, it always is. Liverpool are a very determined and organised team, and we will have to work hard to break them down. But I think we`ve got the players to do that. We’re in good form and there is plenty of confidence within the squad, I`m happy with that side of things.’
Rafa Benitez: ‘I don’t like to think in terms of ‘If we lose can’t win the title. This league is a long race, and the most important thing for me is to see the players focused right to the end of each game and the season. As for the title race I believe we’ll see three or four clubs closer together, I don’t believe it will be one club so far ahead.’
Manchester United Team News:
Park Ji-sung and Mickael Silvestre are out of Sunday’s clash but the rest of the squad is ready to play. Even Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze could play some part if necessary. Ryan Giggs is expected to reclaim his place on the left wing while skipper Gary Neville will also return. Rio Ferdinand missed Wednesday’s Champions League game against Copenhagen but he’s a certainty in tomorrow’s starting line-up.
Player to watch: Louis Saha
After missing unmissable chances against Copenhagen, the French striker is surely eager to make amends. His pace and mobility is poised to cause huge problems to the Liverpool back four which seems less impressive than last season. He must convert the chances coming in his way though.
Liverpool Team News:
Steven Gerrard is expected to be back after a hamstring scare to play his 350th game for Liverpool. Mohamed Sissoko and Dirk Kuyt are reported to be fit to start tomorrow after they only figured as late substitutes against Bordeaux due to injury problems. Daniel Agger may be on the substitutes’ bench after recovering from a broken hand.
Player to watch: Craig Bellamy
The Welsh striker got his first league goal for Liverpool against his former team. He was running riot throughout last season’s game against Blackburn at Old Trafford as he was given a lot of space – that’s what we must avoid if Rafa Benitez decides to play him.
Match Facts & Stats
United won 14 games against Liverpool in the Premiership and lost only seven. The visitors are yet to record an away win in the league this season and they managed to score only one goal on the road – from the penalty spot. If Liverpool lose, their goal difference will be negative after 9 games…
Paul Scholes is set to become the eighth player in United’s history to play 500 matches for the club while Rooney will wear the red shirt for the 100th time.
For the visitors, Steven Gerrard is going to play his 350th game. They’ll be looking for their 50th League victory against Manchester United. Last time the two teams met it was in the FA Cup 5ht round when Liverpool won 1-0 at the Anfield due to a goal from Peter Crouch.
Graham Poll. Liverpool fans complained loudly following the Merseyside derby so they are surely not too happy about the appointment of the Hertfordshire man. Let’s hope he’ll be able to deal with yellow cards this time…
1-0 to United, Louis Saha to score
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