Friday, February 10, 2012

Payback Time

Another grudge game.Not only because Evra and Suarez will meet again. It is a game between two clubs with great history. Both will try to out do each other to be the greatest club of all in English football.

United now set to destroy their arch rival that eliminated them from FA Cup campaign. It a was a cup that United matter most after a disaster in UCL campaign this season. United also been eliminated from Carling Cup and now left with the Prem to savior their pride together with less glamour Europa Cup.

However their stunning comeback at Stamford Bridge last week surely giving them more confident in defending the title. It also served a psychological warning to others that never write off United at any time. That should bring chill to other teams too.

As for United line up the goal keeper surely be De Gea. He showed superb performance against Chelski. Ben Amos will be the deputy. The back four remained unchange. Ferdinand and Evans in the central. Evra on the left with Rafael as another fullback. Carrick now is automatic choice at central midfield together with Scholes. Giggs will be on the bench. Valencia who has been the revelation this season will keep his place as right winger. Young again at the left. It will be hard to drop Rooney so another place will be either Welbeck or Hernandez. Welbeck seen to be scoring goals for United lately. But Hernadez has showed his sharpness. I believed Hernandez will play.

  • Dirk Kuyt has scored four goals in his last three appearances against Manchester United in all competitions.
  • Javier Hernandez has scored in the final 10 minutes of the last two Premier League games between Liverpool and Man Utd.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Man Utd.
  • Only Chelsea (5 times) have won at Old Trafford more often than Liverpool in the Premier League (4).
  • Man Utd enjoyed just 44% of possession against Liverpool in the reverse fixture in October, lower than in any other match this season.
  • Liverpool have won four of the last seven Premier League games against Manchester United overall and also beat the Red Devils two weeks ago in the FA Cup.
  • There were hat-tricks scored in both meetings in the Premier League last season; Dimitar Berbatov for United at Old Trafford and Dirk Kuyt for Liverpool at Anfield.
  • There have been four penalties awarded in the last six Premier League meetings between Man Utd and Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have converted the lowest proportion of their shots in the 2011-12 Premier League so far (8.5%).
  • Manchester United have won 29 and lost just two of their last 33 Premier League home games.  

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