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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Liverpool.

Siddarth Saturday, September 18, 2010
This is the first part of two part match preview.

The Biggest game of the year for me is this fixture, the animosity and rivalry with Liverpool is an inborn trait that every Manchester United fan must have! This is the game that fires me up every season, no better way to enjoy a Sunday than beating the Scousers at Old Trafford.

United’s record at home against Liverpool is pretty good. In the last 8 games against Liverpool here we have won 6 out of them and lost 2. The last time this fixture ended in a draw was way back in March 2000, this fixture has always produced results and also lots of goals. So it could turn out to be an exciting affair. Last time they came to Old Trafford, we came from behind to win 2-1, courtesy goals from Wayne Rooney and Ji-Sung Park.

Predicting the result is very difficult as form goes out the window when it comes to this fixture, which said both teams aren’t in the best of form off late. United coming from back to back draws against Everton and then Rangers.

But the problems in both the games were exactly opposite, in the Everton game we were excellent for most of the game, scoring 3 goals at Goodison is no easy feat but in the last few minutes of the game we dropped our guard and Everton nicked 2 goals in 3 minutes of Injury time. Against Rangers it was our attack that didn’t do much, but our defending was solid.

Sunday’s game is going to a big one for both teams as a good result for either team should kick start their season. We should be going into this game looking for all 3 points. No disrespect to Liverpool but, they are weaker than they were last season, especially in midfield, with the loss of Mascherano and Aquilani (I know he never got a chance to play but he could have been great player for them).

Injury wise, United are injury free except for Carrick, who is out for another few weeks with an Achilles injury and Valencia, who suffered that horrible double fracture in his left Tibia and Fibula in the game against Rangers, he’s expected back by February next year.
Positives for us is the great form Berbatov , Scholes and Nani are in, and with Rooney still to start firing, we should look to win this game. It’ll be a dogged affair as Roy is sure to come looking for a draw and is going to set out a team to defend first.

Starting XI:
Van Der Sar; O’Shea, Rio, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs/Park; Rooney, Berbatov.

Key Player: Dimitar Berbatov.

Predicted Final Score: 1-0.

Part Two of the Preview can be found here


Anonymous said...

key player berbatov? what about rooney?

Siddarth said...

considering the form Berba is in, we need him to play well.

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