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- May 8, 2011
United Under-21s to face Liverpool in Leigh - Official Manchester United Website
Manchester United face Liverpool in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Monday night, 26 January, in what promises to be a keenly-contested encounter at Leigh Sports Village (KO 19:00 GMT).
Warren Joyce's side could end up back on top of the division, depending on other results, despite going four league outings without a victory. The game is a first home fixture for the side since early November and presents a chance to translate all the good work on the training ground into a competitive game.
The postponement of the Manchester Senior Cup tie at Bolton Wanderers last week means there has only been one match for Joyce's team in 2015 so far and the players will be keen to put on a show against the club's fierce rivals.
"The Liverpool fixtures are the ones the first team look at as massive games and we do the same at Under-21 level as well," Joyce told MUTV. "Both clubs have a great tradition, not only for winning things but also for playing a certain brand of football. The games are always competitive with bragging rights for the fans at stake. We want to win them."
The two rivals drew 1-1 at Anfield in August with Tom Lawrence, who has since joined Leicester City, scoring for United. Ashley Fletcher is expected to lead the attack after Will Keane joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan although Nick Powell is another option. U21s captain Tom Thorpe has yet to return from an ankle injury.
Fans can attend for free by registering at www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/manutd. The match will be shown live on MUTV with coverage starting at 18:30 GMT.