After Manchester United's 4-1 humiliation in the Manchester derby on Sunday they have the perfect opportunity to answer their critics when they clash with rivals Liverpool in the Capital One Cup tonight.
David Moyes and his team will be desperate for a win for many reasons. Not just to bounce back but to avenge their defeat to Liverpool earlier in the month and to prove that they can beat one of the 'big sides'.
United played three of last years top seven from last season (Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City) and have only taken a point which was from Chelsea at home. This is worrying form and if it continues United will not win the league.
Should United lose tonight it will be another loss to one of the top clubs who will be challenging for a top four place. To add insult to injury United are still without Robin van Persie through injury and Marouane Fellaini who is cup tied. On the other hand Liverpool have Luis Suarez returning from a 10-match ban which means him and Daniel Sturridge are both available for selection.
With this in mind the Reds will fancy there chances and they too are looking to bounce back from a shock home defeat to Southampton. It is all set for yet another classic between arguably the best two clubs in the country.
Again, a defeat for United will spark all of David Moyes' critics to ask questions and it will put huge pressure on him at this early stage of his United career. It would also mean they would be out of a cup competition that could provide their best chance of silverware with how open the Premier League title race is proving to be this season having had United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City all top the league at some point, even if was only for 24 hours.
Things haven't gone smoothly since a promising 4-1 victory at the Liberty stadium - the scoreless games against Chelsea and Liverpool and an unconvincing win at home to lowly Crystal Palace and not forgetting the farcical transfer activity were not good, add all this to Sunday's derby defeat and should United lose to Liverpool their season could become a disaster.
However on the flip side should United win it means Liverpool are out of the cup, United progress, and with a less daunting run of fixtures to the first five they were handed a run of games which includes West Brom (H), Sunderland (A), Southampton (H), Stoke (H) and Fulham (A) it's likely United, with the quality they have, could certainly fire themselves right back in the title race.
If they can build on their 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League it means there chances this season are as good as anyones and then people will once again fear United.
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