If you are an ardent football fan, you would never miss this game. And even if you aren’t a great footie buff, you’ll still catch this game. Manchester United entertain Liverpool at Old Trafford, in a huge game, which will interest supporters all over the globe. The two Red’s have played many historic battles in the past, and if the present form is anything to go by, this one too has all the makings of a classic.
The home team go into this game sitting right on the top of the Premiership. Leading Chelsea, albeit on goal-difference, United have struck a purple patch winning the last three games in all competitions without breaking sweat. With the midweek mauling of FC Copenhagen still fresh in the minds of the United faithful, morale in the team is at all-time high. Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand who missed the midweek game due to injuries, are set to return to the line-up. Ryan Giggs and Gabriel Ivan Heinze will make the bench in all probability. Park Ji Sung and Mikael Silvestre are sure to be absent from the team sheet. Paul Scholes will be playing his 500th game for the club, while Rooney will be playing a modest 100th !
European form has never been a problem for Rafa, his Liverpool side minus Steven Gerrard, managed to get all three points from a tricky away trip to Bordeaux. But the Merseysiders have been enigmatic in the Premiership, a string of wins has been followed by a sudden loss. Steven Gerrard will return to the side, and will be making his 350th appearance for the club. Sissoko, Kuyt, Agger and Fowler could all make an appearance at some stage or the other.
My Pick: Liverpool have done well at Old Trafford in the past, mostly with Danny Murphy getting goals at crucial junctures. But Danny Murphy has moved on, and so have Liverpool. I dont see them ruffling any United feathers, a 2-0 win for United.