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Manchester United could fall victim to hungry Suarez

Suarez returns to action this evening (©GettyImages)
Suarez returns to action this evening (©GettyImages).

Luis Suarez's first match back since completing his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic comes against Manchester United this evening.

It just had to work out that way, didn't it?

In the same way that United hero Eric Cantona played his first match after serving his nine-month suspension from football in 1995 against Liverpool, sometimes these things appear to be written in the stars.

It's fair to say that a significant amount of bad blood exists between Suarez and United.

Since the controversial Uruguayan - who was determined to force a move away from Anfield in the summer, only to be told that he wouldn't be allowed to join Arsenal - was found guilty of racially abusing United left-back Patrice Evra in December 2011, all bridges between the two parties have been well and truly burned.

Which means tonight's match at Old Trafford won't exactly be your run-of-the-mill Capital One Cup third round tie.

Suarez's return gives this fixture an extra edge, with Brendan Rodgers set to unleash his star player on a United squad which will still be feeling a little fragile following Sunday's humiliating 4-1 defeat against local rivals Manchester City.

This would usually be the perfect fixture for Liverpool to rest the likes of Suarez - but as Rodgers revealed in his most recent press conference: the prolific striker is "champing at the bit" to pull on the red shirt again.

Suarez may not have played a competitive match for Liverpool since that now infamous clash against Chelsea in April but, by all accounts, the South American is looking sharp and raring to go.

And with United boss David Moyes left with no choice but to rest his key defenders in order to keep them fresh for the club's forthcoming Premier League and Champions League fixtures, Suarez will fancy his chances of unsettling those centre-backs currently on the fringes of the Red Devils' first team.

Despite his questionable on-pitch behaviour, let's not forget: Luis Suarez is one of the Premier League's most lethal strikers - if not the very best - and capable of embarrassing the world's best defences.

The 26-year-old has some making up to do to the Liverpool supporters - and what better way to start than heaping further misery on their fiercest rivals.

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Liverpool
Manchester United
Football
Luis Suarez
League Cup

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