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MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Liverpool

Manchester United vs Liverpool

Barclays Premier League

Sunday 16 March, 2014

13:30 KO (BST)

Old Trafford, Manchester


United (6th)

Every game of football is important and any game that features United and Liverpool is massively important. There has been great history between the two clubs over a long period. I think it’s the biggest game in the Premier League.” – David Moyes.

It’s not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven’t been doing that this season. It is really difficult to see City doing well – and particularly Liverpool, who have kicked on. It means we have to step up and get back up there, because the feeling we have had this season when we’re not doing so well is not a nice feeling at all to have.” – Wayne Rooney.

“We have the game against Liverpool, then Olympiacos, West Ham and City. We have to perform well in those. Most importantly, we must win our home games, which isn’t going to be easy. We’ve had some bad results at Old Trafford, so we have to assess the problem and change things.” – Nemanja Vidic.

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie

Doubts: Nani (hamstring)

Unavailable: n/a

Top scorers: Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie (11)

Most assists: Wayne Rooney (10)

Home record: P13 W6 D3 L4 F18 A12 Pts21

Home form: L W L W W D

Home record vs Liverpool: P89 W46 D27 L16 F149 A81


Liverpool (2nd)

We feel we can beat anyone, anywhere, so we will go there with a lot of confidence. Yeah, it’s a big game, but it’s just another big game. We’ve got 10 of them left this season and Man United is just one of them. That’s the way we’ve got to approach it. I think we can really go there and show how good we are.” – Jordan Henderson.

Starting XI from: Simon Mignolet, Brad Jones; Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure, Jon Flanagan, Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho, Ally Cissokho, Martin Kelly, Brad Smith; Lucas Levia, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Luis Alberto, Joao Teixeira, Iago Aspas, Phillipe Coutinho, Victor Moses, Raheem Sterling; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge

Doubts: n/a

Unavailable: Jose Enrique (knee), Sebastian Coates (knee),

Top scorer: Luis Suarez (24)

Most assists: Luis Suarez (10)

Away record: P14 W6 D4 L4 F31 A23 Pts22

Away form: L L W D W W


Last five meetings at Old Trafford

United 1-0 Liverpool (25-09-13) LC

United 2-1 Liverpool (13-01-13)

United 2-1 Liverpool (11-02-12)

United 1-0 Liverpool (09-01-11) FA

United 3-2 Liverpool (19-09-10)



Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

The 39-year-old official has taken charge of 20 Premier League matches this season, brandishing 65 yellow cards and 1 red card. He has awarded 3 penalties. Was last seen at Old Trafford when the two sides last met there – United’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Third Round of the League Cup back in September.

Assistants: S Beck, G Beswick.

Fourth Official: Lee Probert.



United have won 8 of the last 9 Premier League matches between the sides at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie has scored 6 goals in his last 7 Premier League starts against Liverpool, including 2 in 3 for United.

Should he feature, Ryan Giggs will face Liverpool for an astonishing 49th time.

Liverpool have scored 47 goals in the first half of Premier League matches this season – United have only scored 46 in total.

There have been 14 red cards in Premier League encounters between the sides.

Liverpool have been given 7 penalties so far this season – the most in the Premier League.

United have not conceded a home penalty in the league since December, 2011.

Only 2 of the last 27 league meetings between the sides have ended in a draw.



United 11/8 Draw 12/5 Liverpool 19/10

RedMancunian predictions

Jack (@jackkholt): United 2-1 Liverpool

Sam (@CenterSneak): United 1-3 Liverpool

Craig (@CraigNorwood): United 2-0 Liverpool

Jay (@RFFH): United 1-0 Liverpool

Mark (@mdhzk3): United 2-1 Liverpool

Nick (@ManUnitedYouth): United 2-2 Liverpool

Iwan (@IwanLehnert): United 2-1 Liverpool

Andy (@andy_thomo): United 1-4 Liverpool

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