Manchester United v Liverpool is an extremely fierce rivalry; it is often played with more passion and intensity than a Manchester derby and it never fails to produce glorious goals and terrible tackles.
Liverpool have had a solid start to the season with six points from a possible six, this may sound brilliant but they have only won with two 1-0 wins against Stoke City and Aston Villa who are average sides, so they may struggle to score against a strong United defence that contains Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand who are like a brick wall when fully fit.
Liverpool have also been weakened by the injuries of Kolo Toure who has been solid at the back for them in their opening fixtures, Aly Cissokho is an ambitious young left back who would have relished the chance of playing in such a crucial fixture and Joe Allen who has potential to be as good as Steven Gerrard when he is fit but, again, he is injured.
They are also missing their main man up front, Luis Suarez, through suspension but Daniel Sturridge has quickly stepped into his place during his absence, scoring both of Liverpool's goals in their opening two games of the Premier League season. I do feel Liverpool will need Suarez if they are going to be a threat in the big games so the sooner he is back for Liverpool the better.
Manchester United, however, will not be lacking fire power as Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie have already recorded two goals against Swansea, though they did draw a blank against a tight Chelsea defence last Monday. United also have a fit Wayne Rooney, who played positively against Chelsea and was looking to score so if he can play as well as he did against Chelsea on Monday against Liverpool on Sunday he could be rewarded with a goal.
David Moyes will be hoping he can record a win in his second big game in charge of United after a drab draw versus Chelsea, so if he can win against Liverpool that would be a big confidence boost for him and his players for the rest of the season because they will know they can beat a team that may well be looking to finish in the top four of the Premier League this year.
Brendan Rodgers will also be wanting a positive result on Sunday because, if they can win or draw against the reigning champions, they will believe they can finish in the top four this season and enter a competition they have won five times, the Champions League, a competition where a prestigious club such as Liverpool belongs - and that's coming from me, a Manchester United fan!
So I am hoping for a wonderful affair with lots of action, goals and strong challenges. I am predicting a 2-3 win for Manchester United because I believe United will be slightly stronger up front so will be able to come away with a win. Whatever the score will be at the end, I know it will be a vicious game that displays an amazing amount of quality.
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