Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview

Posted: March 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s that time again. Today we are treated to the biggest derby England has to offer. Spain may have El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona while Italy have Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter to drool over, but the timeless battle of Mancs and Scousers produces just as much fervour and excitement.

Steven Gerrard & Nemanja Vidic

Gerrard & Vidic do battle

The nation’s two most successful sides meet Sunday in what will no doubt be yet another heated affair. For United, victory is a must, after Arsenal picked up another victory against West Ham Saturday evening, while Chelsea are expected to do likewise against Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn. Three points will ensure United go back to the summit of the Premier League, even if it is only for a couple of hours.

While Sir Alex Ferguson’s men find themselves engulfed in a thrilling three way battle for the Premier League crown, things couldn’t be more different for Liverpool, as they continue to scrap for 4th place with at least three other sides in a better position to snatch it. The Europa League is their only chance of silverware this season.

Steven Gerrard and Anderson

Anderson during his first Liverpool/United game... Built for them.

 Looking at the two side’s recent European exploits epitomises the drastic contrast in affairs between the two clubs. United sauntered into the Champions League quarter finals after crushing AC Milan 7-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile Liverpool struggled to a 2-1 aggregate victory over the distinctively average Lille mid-week, a far cry from the glamour of the Champions League they had become accustomed to.

He's Cracking Up

He's Cracking Up You Know...

 United’s 4-1 loss to Benitez’s men last season at Old Trafford will still be stinging, compounded by a 2-0 loss at Anfield (where Jamie Carragher of all people, got him name on the score sheet) earlier on in the season.  This season United have the opportunity to surpass Liverpool’s record 19 league titles, one of the last things on Sir Alex’s to-do list. But as he and his United team learnt last season, underestimating the old enemy is a dangerous thing to do.


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