This year's Capital One Cup has drawn two of the greatest teams England has ever had together very early on in the competition.
Manchester United and Liverpool will both be looking for victory at Old Trafford as the two sides look to bounce back after two disappointing losses on the weekend.
For Manchester United, this game suddenly holds massive expectations. After an embarrassing loss to the noisy neighbours on Sunday the side has to bounce back with a win, for the sake of both the team and manager David Moyes.
The start of the English Premier League season has yielded a disappointing seven points in five matches for the new Red Devils manager, leaving them in 8th place and five points behind Arsenal who currently reside at the summit.
The indifferent results have left Manchester United with there worst start in nine years and, while a transitional period was inevitable for last season's champions, recent performances have been lacklustre and well below par.
Two uninspiring performances have led to two early losses for Manchester United. Particularly against Manchester City on Sunday they lacked attacking creativity and any kind of spark to ignite their game.
Manchester City were simply a better side and United looked like a team struggling to stay afloat against superior opposition, not a title contending team.
So after the derby humiliation Wednesday's match against Liverpool takes on a greater significance. It is no longer just a rivalry between two great sides, the new Manchester United manager has to prove that he is ready to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson and that he can manage the great beast that is Manchester United.
The squad needs to prove that they have the quality to challenge for the Premier League title again and that they are not a team that is in decline and losing it's label as a European superpower.
Put bluntly, Manchester United need to prove that they are still Manchester United.
It was not long ago when the Red Devils smirked at the Reds as Liverpool fell down the table and missed out on the Champions League positions.
But oh so quickly have those tables turned, and it is Liverpool who currently occupy a European football qualifying position while Manchester United's non-invigorating performances have left them below the automatic European spots.
Is it now the Reds turn to laugh at the Red Devils?
So as the starting eleven players that Moyes decides to select step onto the pitch in front of 70,000 or so football fans they will come upon one of the biggest games in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.
And it will be a game they have to win.
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