Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Liverpool V Manchester United

11:45 GMT, October 15, 2011
Anfield 

Overview


This Saturday early kick-off is Liverpool V Manchester United. For the Liverpool fans, they are all looking forward to see Steven Gerrard in action after missing out for seven months from a groin injury. The last game Gerrard played was a 3-1 win over Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Anfield on March 6. After the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham, Liverpool have bounce back strongly with 3 wins in a row, including a 2-1 win over Brighton in Carling Cup Round 3.


I reckon that if they keep their form, they will be a tough nut to crack for United. Luis Suárez would be the key man to watch out in the big game having score in his last previous 2 outings. 
Anyone remember Suárez tearing United's defence apart in their last meeting? I do. And with the young backline of United. I am unsure if United would be able to keep a clean sheet.


Manchester United, not known for their fast start in the Premier League, are surprising in pole position after 7 games, notching 6 wins and 1 draw.
So far, it's been smooth sailing for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, and this saturday they will face their first serioust challenge. United have lost at Anfield in their last 3 outings, so this definitely give the young United side a few creeps up their nerves. The only issue United have is probably the tight fixtures with an Away Champions League game against Otelul Galat 3 days later, followed by Clash of Manchester on the 23 Oct.


I see Kenny Danglish stick to Reina in goal, Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher, Jose Enrique and Martin Kelly in defense. Charlie Adam, who i have been very impressed with, Stewart Downing and Dirt Kuyt in midfield. The last slot would most probably be the skipper, Steven Gerrard on his first start in seven months. Upfront would be Luis Suaraz and Andy Caroll, who i am not impressed by his performance so far.


On the other side, I see Ferguson sticking his faith in De Gea, but Anders Lindegaard might just grab the slot after the donut incident. Jonathan Evans would partner Phil Jones, who started his first international game for England last week, would be keen to build on his performance. 
Patrice Evra and possibly Antonio Valencia who is willingly to play anywhere. Nani and Ashley Young would be on the wings with Anderson in centre mid. The last midfield slot could be Darren Fletcher who have been out with an illness. If he have not recovered. Michael Carrick or Park Ji Sung could easily fill his boots with the deep squad depth. Upfront would be Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, who will be looking to get over the red Card last week for England in the 2-2 draw against Montenegro.

Verdict
Manchester United have not won in the last 3 games and Anfield. But with their superb form and morale in the squad, history is not a factor for them. Liverpool welcomes back Steven Gerrard.
With both sides wanting to win, I fancy and open game of free-flowing football with at least a couple of goals. 
King Kenny Danglish V Sir Alex Ferguson, Who will prevail? 



Prediction
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United 


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