The key stats as Manchester United look for sixth straight victory against Liverpool

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As Manchester United prepare to host Liverpool at Old Trafford, we bring you all the Opta Stats you need to know ahead of Sunday's clash.

Manchester United will look to have revenge over their fierce rivals after Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool did the double over them last season. A win here would see Louis van Gaal's side stretch their winning-run to six Premier League games. 

After being held to a goalless draw by Sunderland last weekend, Liverpool bowed out of the Champions League after they could only draw 1-1 at home to Swiss side Basel. The Merseyside outfit may be unbeaten in five matches in all competitions but their performances have been below the level expected.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of Sunday's hotly anticipated encounter:

1 -  This weekend sees the 191st meeting of Manchester United and Liverpool in major competitions. The Red Devils have the edge in this historic fixture, having won 75 of the games to Liverpool's 64. Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, the home side have won 40 of the 81 league games played, as opposed to the 16 won by their Merseyside rivals. 

2 - Mario Balotelli’s only previous appearance in the league at Old Trafford saw him score twice in Man City’s 6-1 demolition of the Red Devils in October 2011. Nevertheless, the Italian international has had more shots (35 including blocked attempts) than any other player without a goal in the Premier League this season.

  SeasonGoalsTotal ShotsConversion Rate (%)Apps
Mario Balotelli 2014-2015 0 35 0 9

3 - The Reds will look once more to captain Steven Gerrard when Liverpool make the trip to Manchester. The 34-year-old has scored more goals as a member of the away side at Old Trafford than any other player in Premier League history (5). He has netted 6 goals in his last 8 league appearances against the Red Devils, including a brace in the same fixture last term.

  SeasonGoalsTotal ShotsShot Conversion (%)Apps
Steven Gerrard 2014-2015 3 19 16% 15

4 - Since Michael Carrick has made his return from injury, Van Gaal's side have been in tremendous form. Injury to Daley Blind has seen the former Tottenham midfielder make his way back into the Dutchman's starting-eleven, and since, Manchester United boast a 100% win record in the 5 league games he has started.

  SeasonAppearancesTotal Sub OnMins PlayedWon
Michael Carrick 2014-2015 6 1 497 5

5 - Only Everton v Liverpool (20) has seen more red cards than Liverpool versus Manchester United of all fixtures in Premier League history (15). The home side have accumulated three red cards - Tyler Blackett, Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling - so far this season, while the visitors are yet to have a player dismissed. 

  Total Yellow CardsTotal Red Cards
Liverpool 29 0
Manchester United 26 3

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