Manchester United v Liverpool

Old Trafford, Manchester

Sunday 13th January 2013 – KO 13:30 live on Sky Sports 1HD

Referee Howard Webb, Assistant Referees M Mullarkey & D Cann, Fourth Official J Moss

On Sunday afternoon Manchester United play their second Barclays Premier League match against local rivals Liverpool and a win could see them do the double over them for the first time since 2007. United last played their oldest rivals back in September in a 2-1 win at Anfield, which has been one of the Red Devils best wins this season, that and beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run at the Etihad stadium.

United now go into another busy period with the FA Cup replay against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Wednesday then a visit to White Hart Lane next Sunday followed by an FA Cup fourth round match the following weekend, should United beat West Ham United. At the end of the month United will face Southampton at Old Trafford before going into February, bringing that mouth-watering UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid.

Sir Alex Ferguson today gave us United supporters a boost with Anderson and Nani both set to rejoin the squad after their injuries and they could even feature in the match with Liverpool. Wayne Rooney is back in training but will miss the Liverpool match, but will make his return on Wednesday against West Ham United, as will Phil Jones. For once the injuries are clearing up and we have nobody on the long-term injury list, not from the first team anyway.

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool side have been given a boost with the signing of Daniel Sturridge, especially after spending the last few months with just one striker, Luis Suarez. Liverpool however will miss José Enrique, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly on Sunday, two of which have long-term injuries and have been out for quite a long time already. Nuri Şahin has seen his disappointing loan spell at Liverpool cancelled and the player has already returned to Real Madrid.

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What the Boss says:

“It’s Liverpool, a derby game. It never changes, it’s always immensely important – intense and emotional. Everything you can think of in a derby game will be there on Sunday. At least we go into the game in reasonable form. I made changes last Saturday for the game at West Ham. Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra had a rest, which they needed after a full contribution in December and on New Year’s Day. I think they deserved a rest. They’re nice and fresh now.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

Players to watch:

Robin van Persie: The Dutch striker has been amazing over the last few months. Most of the goals he has scored were crucial ones, especially the winner against Reading and Manchester City, but more importantly the spectacle that was Ryan Giggs 60-yard pass to equalise and keep United in the FA Cup against West Ham United last weekend. Robin van Persie has today been announced as the Barclays Player of the Month for December, and rightly so. His five goals in six matches last month were amazing, and already he has made his £24m transfer fee look like a bargain. The Holland international has already scored three goals in the last two matches, and hopefully more could come this weekend.

Luis Suarez: Love him or hate him Luis Suarez is a world-class striker and can weave his was through a defence and turn the slightest chance into a goal. He has shown this over the Christmas period by seemingly scoring for fun. His goal in the FA Cup against Mansfield Town has been labelled as many as a hand-ball and many have labelled the player as a cheat for not owning up to it. Suarez is the player keeping Liverpool in many matches this season and if rumours are true that he might leave in the summer, Liverpool will struggle as they did when Torres left as Andy Carroll is not up to the job of stepping up into the places of players like them too.

Statistics from both teams last match:

Manchester United passes and shots against Wigan Athletic (FourFourTwo Stats Zone)

Liverpool passes and shots against Sunderland (FourFourTwo Stats Zone)

Liverpool passes and shots against Sunderland (FourFourTwo Stats Zone)

Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2012/13 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 21 matches, won 17, drawn 1, lost 3 and currently have 52 points
Scored 54 goals (2.57 goals per match) & conceded 28 goals (1.33 goals per match) – 5 were pens
Longest unbeaten streak is 9 matches
Clean sheet record 24%
Attacking: 308 shots, 243 crosses and 47 offside rulings
Defending: 103 saves were made, 4 own goals, 5 clean sheets, 68 blocks and 154 clearances
Disciplinary: 197 fouls (9.38 fouls per match), 35 cards

Liverpool Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2012/13 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 21 matches, won 8, drawn 7, lost 6 and currently have 31 points
Scored 31 goals (1.62 goal per match) & conceded 26 goals (1.24 goals per match) – 1 was a pen
Longest unbeaten streak is 8 matches
Clean sheet record 38%
Attacking: 366 shots, 257 crosses and 52 offside rulings
Defending: 86 saves were made, 1 own goal, 8 clean sheets, 40 blocks and 126 clearances
Disciplinary: 215 fouls (10.24 fouls per match), 29 cards

Top Scorers (in all competitions):

Manchester United: 20 – Robin van Persie, 12 – Javier Hernandez, 8 – Wayne Rooney, 4 – Tom Cleverley, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, 3 – Own Goal, 2 – Luis Anderson, Rafael da Silva, Ryan Giggs, Shinji Kagawa, Luis Nani, 1 – Alexander Büttner, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Nick Powell, Paul Scholes, Danny Welbeck

Liverpool: 18 – Luis Suarez, 5 – Jonjo Shelvey, 4 – Steven Gerrard, Own Goal, 3 – Nuri Şahin, 2 – Daniel Agger, Joe Cole, Stewart Downing, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, 1 – Sebastián Coates, José Enrique, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Andre Wisdom

Manchester United Form: DWWWDW

Last six competitive matches: West Ham United – D 2-2, Wigan Athletic – W 0-4, West Bromwich Albion – W 2-0, Newcastle United – W 4-3, Swansea – D 1-1, Sunderland – W 3-1

Liverpool Form: WWWLWL

Last six competitive matches: Mansfield Town – W 1-2, Sunderland – W 3-0, Queens Park Rangers – W 0-3, Stoke City – L 3-1, Fulham – W 4-0, Aston Villa – L 1-3

Head to Head at Old Trafford:

Played 20 matches at Old Trafford since the Barclays Premier League was formed:

Manchester United: Won 12, Drawn 4, Lost 4 – Scored 32 goals, conceded 18 goals and kept 8 clean sheetS

Liverpool: Won 4, Drawn 4, Lost 12 – Scored 18 goals, conceded 32 goals and kept 3 clean sheets

Robin van Persie after scoring the winner against Liverpool in September (Credit: ManUtd.com)

Robin van Persie after scoring the winner against Liverpool in September (Credit: ManUtd.com)

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 40. Ben Amos, 50. Sam Johnstone

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Patrice Evra, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Rio Ferdinand, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 15. Nemanja Vidic, 28. Alexander Büttner

Midfielders: 7. Antonio Valencia, 8. Anderson, 11. Ryan Giggs, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Nani, 18. Ashley Young, 22. Paul Scholes, 23. Tom Cleverley, 24. Darren Fletcher, 25. Nick Powell, 26. Shinji Kagawa

Strikers: 10. Wayne Rooney, 14. Javier Hernandez, 19. Danny Welbeck, 20. Robin van Persie

Doubts/Injuries: 4. Phil Jones (knock), 10. Wayne Rooney (knee) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Liverpool Squad:

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Goalkeepers: 1. Brad Jones, 25. Pepe Reina, 32. Doni, 42. Péter Gulácsi, 52. Danny Ward

Defenders: 2. Glen Johnson, 3. José Enrique, 5. Daniel Agger, 16. Sebastián Coates, 23. James Carragher, 34. Martin Kelly, 35. Conor Coady, 37. Martin Škrtel, 38. Jon Flanaghan, 43. Ryan McLaughlin, 45. Stephen Sama, 47. Andre Wisdom, 49. Jack Robinson

Midfielders: 8. Steven Gerrard, 11. Oussama Assaidi, 14. Jordan Henderson, 19. Stewart Downing, 21. Lucas Leiva, 24. Joe Allen, 30. Suso, 31. Raheem Sterling, 33. Jonjo Shelvey

Strikers: 7. Luis Suarez, 12. Daniel Pacheco, 15. Daniel Sturridge, 29. Fabio Borini, 36. Samed Yeşil, 48. Jerome Sinclair

Doubts/Injuries: 3. José Enrique (hamstring), 29. Fabio Borini (ankle/foot), 34. Martin Kelly (ACL) [injury details taken from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

How I think United will start against Liverpool (Credit: Paul Bienkowski)

How I think United will start against Liverpool (Credit: Paul Bienkowski)

Score Prediction:

Manchester United 3 – 1 Liverpool

The match on Sunday will be a tough one for United in that they now head into a period where they will play Liverpool then an FA Cup replay against West Ham United followed by a trip to White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur just before an FA Cup fourth round tie against either Fulham or Blackpool should they beat West Ham. United can use all these matches to get ready for the showdown with Real Madrid in February, which I am very much looking forward to. I think United will beat Liverpool on Sunday, but again it will be a tough match and the defence need to silence Luis Suarez.

By Paul Bienkowski

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