Competition – Barclays Premier League – Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, September 12 – 12:30 ET (17:30 BST)
Match Odds: Manchester United 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 16/5
Manchester United host Liverpool in this weekends late kick off on Saturday. This is one of the biggest rivalries in the world, where we will see the two most successful English sides go head-to-head.
United come into this game with only one defeat in their last seven in the Premier League and have more confidence under Louis Van Gaal this season.
United have only lost two of their last 20 home games, which shows how difficult it will be for Liverpool to leave Old Trafford with all three points.
The United side should begin to settle now the transfer window has shut. David de Gea staying could see him return to the starting 11 and the squad can look to click into gear for the season.
Liverpool come into this game with only one win in their last seven away from home, they have had a difficult start to the new season but it seems the foundations are in place for a strong campaign for Brendan Rodgers side.
Despite their poor away form they have picked up seven out of a possible 12 points this campaign and will be looking to bounce back from a shock 3-0 home defeat to West Ham last time out.
A win in this one would do the Liverpool players confidence the world of good and get the fans buzzing as they love nothing more than beating their rivals.
Manchester United will be without Michael Carrick, as he pulled out of the England squad midweek with a calf injury. Phil Jones is set to return from the blood clot in his leg which has sidelined him for the last few games.
Liverpool could be without up to five players. Adam Lallana remains a doubt to feature this weekend with fellow midfielders Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen also unlikely to play. English duo Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan are both recovering from operations and remain sidelined.
Manchester United’s Form: W/W/D/L
Liverpool’s Form: W/W/D/L
Key Stat: Liverpool have netted just twice so far this season, showing a lack of potency up top but they will be hoping Christian Benteke can cause United problems.
Key Player: Wayne Rooney – It has been an eventful week for the England and Manchester United captain as he helped his nation qualify for the European Championships next summer. Most notably he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of all-time England scorer and we expect the striker to be the difference this weekend as he looks to net his first league goal of the season.
Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool – Manchester United to dominate and show they are a much stronger force this season against a Liverpool side who haven’t quite got going in front of goal this campaign.