David Moyes goes to Anfield in search of his first win as Liverpool attempt defend their 100% start to the season.
Last season: 1-2
Odds: Liverpool 13/8, Draw 12/5, Manchester United 19/10
After having started the season with two league wins out of two, Liverpool will have been hoping for a better midweek than the one they got. Though they managed to get past Notts County – and subsequently draw this weekend’s opponents away in the League Cup – they needed extra time to do so and also lost Kolo Toure, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen to injury.
Their starting line-up from their last league game is likely to see at least one change with Martin Skrtel due to return from injury to replace Toure at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, but Liverpool’s attacking options seem to fit and well, with as close a return to the line-up against Stoke and Aston Villa likely from the Reds.
There are no further injury worries for United from the past two weekends, and they didn’t have the worry of League Cup action this week. They were last in action on Monday in a 0-0 against Chelsea at Old Trafford, making it four points from two games. They seemed defensively solid and if they continue that vein they will be difficult to break down at Anfield, as well as having the ability to control the game of Michael Carrick, Robin Van Persie is sure to provide a serious goal threat as David Moyes looks to win at Anfield for the first time in his managerial career.
Expect it to be a close encounter on a day when Liverpool celebrates the 100th birthday of Bill Shankly, it might come down to the odd goal.
Last time they met
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool – January 2013
Manchester United were in a rich vein of form as they welcomed Liverpool to Old Trafford, and just before the midway point in the first half a Robin Van Persie strike after a long spell of United possession gave the hosts the lead which they held until the half-time break. They doubled their advantage ten minutes into the second half after Van Persie’s free-kick was headed goalwards by Patrice Evra, and was deflected in off Nemanja Vidic. The game then sparked into life shortly after as David De Gea parried Steven Gerrard’s for Daniel Sturridge to put in the rebound. Liverpool then sparked into life but couldn’t find an equaliser.