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Match Preview: Liverpool vs. Manchester United

Sid Sunday, March 6, 2011



Competition: Barclays Premier League
Date: Sunday, 6 March 2011
Venue: Anfield
Kick Off: 13:30 GMT


For me this is the biggest game of the season, and no other fixture will probably be able to recreate the feeling a United fan gets when we beat the scousers at Anfield! Having already won two games against Liverpool this season, and hopefully we can complete a hat trick of wins against them today.
The reverse fixture earlier this season saw Dimitar Berbatov annihilate Liverpool with a brilliant display of his skill, goal scoring prowess and elegance. His first Hat trick in United colors was best summarized by his 2nd goal, an excellent bicycle kick! The run in to the match could have been better for United; the result against Chelsea could have been entirely different had there been a referee who was competent at his job!

The lead up to the game has been flooded with reports of Andy Carroll’s debut and why United should fear him! But It’s not the first time United are facing Carroll, he started against us when we battered Newcastle 3-0, and I remember him being anonymous for most of the game that evening! I’m not saying Carroll is a player to be ignored but at the same time, he’s still got a long way to go before he can be considered in the same level as the best strikers in the premiership!

Team News:
United have no new injury setbacks, though we’ll be missing Anderson, Park, Rio and Valencia through Injuries, while captain Vidic is banned for the fixture following his sending off against Chelsea.

While Liverpool will be without the in-form Martin Kelly, who has suffered a hamstring injury, ruling him out for a month, there were also doubts over Raul Meireles, Fabio Aurelio and Daniel Agger’s availability for the game, but there’s a good chance they’ll be fit enough to start the match.

With Vidic and Rio out of the game, it leaves us vulnerable at the back but Smalling has proved that he is more than capable at the back. But who will be his defensive partner in defense is the question on everyone’s lips, though Fergie has said Brown will start, the availability of Evans and O’Shea also provides Sir Alex with huge problem. While Evans is the best Centre back among the three, his lack of match practice and poor form so far this season can make him a liability on the pitch! Brown seems the favorite to start. Also Sir Alex has to decide on whether to stick with two strikers or play a lone striker. Also whether Dimitar Berbatov will be part of the starting XI, after he was on the bench against Chelsea.

An appearance for Giggsy would mean he surpasses Sir Bobby Charlton’s record appearances, and I’m sure Sir Bobby would be delighted that Giggsy is the one who passes his great achievement!

I think the game will be a close one, with Meireles and Suarez the key players for Liverpool, while Sir Alex has several key selection issues to think about! A win for United would be ideal, but following Arsenal’s slip up last night it gives United a bit of breathing room.

I’m going for a 2-1 United win with Nani scoring one of the goals.

Expected Line-up:

Formation: 4-3-3/4-5-1
Van Der Sar; Rafael, Brown, Smalling, Evra; Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher; Rooney, Berbatov, Nani.

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