Red Devils Ready for Liverpool

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On field, the rivalries with Manchester City and Chelsea may be stronger, but the battles with their fellow North West giant Liverpool still evoke more emotion in Manchester United fans than any other. As Liverpool has slid further and further down the table in recent years, United’s dominance in this further has grown to the point where they currently have a stranglehold over the Reds.

21 points separate these teams on the English Premier League table, and recent history does nothing for Liverpool, either, with the Red Devils winning five of the past six matches between the teams, while the other result was a 1-1 draw at the start of the 2011-12 season.

United won 2-1 at Anfield earlier this season. Jonjo Shelvey was sent off late in the first half, but Liverpool took an unexpected lead through Steven Gerrard. The visitors responded soon after through Rafael before Robin van Persie converted a spot kick to seal the three points. That match was one of nine occasions this season Sir Alex Ferguson’s team has fallen behind , but incredibly his men have salvaged eight wins from losing positions.

Man U wouldn’t be falling behind so often if it wasn’t for a defence which has already leaked 28 goals at the halfway point of the season. Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers will be hoping new signing Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea can find a way through with his pace, and he has already opened his account with his new side with the opening goal against Mansfield in the FA Cup earlier this week. Fellow speedster Luis Suarez could also prove to be a handful if he can get over the cheating allegations following what appeared to be a handball prior to his winning goal in that match. At the other end of the ground, the Reds will be missing Jose Enrique for the next six weeks due to a hamstring injury.

United’s record at Old Trafford this season is frightening. They’ve won nine and lost just once at the Theatre of Dreams. With Robin van Persie destroying teams up front, they’ve scored in every single match there and average 2.8 goals per game at home. Liverpool has scored at least one goal in its last eight matches, but the visitors may need to find multiple goalscorers to win this one . Five of the last six contests between these teams have finished with over 2.5 goals .

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