Well… Sunday’s game doesn’t require an introduction or any hype whatsoever. On Sunday we welcome our bitter rivals from the end of the East Lancs road, yep Liverpool Football Club. Manchester United v Liverpool – the biggest game in English football. I don’t really need to go into the history of the rivalry; we all know what it’s about. For both sets of fans the heart beats a little faster.
It’s fair to say, the last couple of seasons Liverpool have unfortunately held the upper hand over us, but boy they sure like to remind us. Whenever I’ve heard a Scouser on a football phone-in they barely can go a sentence without mentioning the three consecutive victories against us or how Torres has Vidic in his pocket. Blah blah blah is what I say, you may have won the battle but we have certainly won the war. 🙂 I would take two defeats to Liverpool every season if it meant we finished as champions.
This will be a massive game for Vidic! A chance to rid any demons gathered after his last two poor performances against Torres, which has seen the big Serbian receive two red cards (and three in his last three games against Liverpool). Worryingly for Vidic, Torres has recently returned to top form scoring four goals in his last two games. The 4-1 defeat to Liverpool last season highlighted a weakness in Vidic, a lack of pace. To combat this I think the defensive line shouldn’t be high, play a deeper line to neutralise the pace of Torres which will prevent Liverpool playing long balls over the top for Torres to chase.
Will Vidic cope? I think so. I have every confidence in Vidic. I think we see a will dominant performance and his song will be sung with gusto around Old Trafford.
I will be interested to see how we line up on Sunday. In recent seasons against the bigger teams we have preferred to play the slightly safer formation of 4-3-3 to prevent the midfield from being dominated. However, last Sunday against Fulham Berbatov was outstanding, a man of the match performance. He linked the midfield with attack superbly, scored a goal and his assist for Rooney’s second goal is possibly assist of the season. A word of caution though, the last three occasions (if I’m not mistaken) we have played a 4-4-2 formation against Liverpool and obviously lost. The reverse fixture earlier this season Scholes and Carrick were simply dominated, the pace of the game was too much for the pair as Mascherano and Lucas harried and harassed. I think we’ll play a 4-3-3 formation.
The defence virtually selects itself. Van der Sar in goal and a backline of Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Vidic and Patrice Evra.
The three central midfielders – Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes.
Right wing – probably Valencia even though he had a poor game against Fulham in the previous game. Left wing –although Ryan Giggs has made a welcome return from injury I expect Ji Sung Park to start. Hopefully, the break (no pun intended) will have done Giggs the world of good, he should fresh for the title run in.
Rooney as the lone striker
I’m going for a 3-1 victory for United.
I’m so up for this game, I can feel the adrenalin running through my hands as I type. I want to put a pair boots on myself and have game. That’s what this fixture does… The atmosphere will be electric, we won’t allow Liverpool a minute on the ball. We won’t be seeing any kissing of television cameras from Steven Gerrard!
Nemanja ohhh, Nemanja ohhh……