Manchester United favourites to finish below Liverpool?

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In the race for the Premier League title, the bookmakers have placed Manchester United behind fierce rivals Liverpool. 

Despite Brendan Rodgers' side currently holding a six point lead over the current Premier League champions, it still comes as a surprise that David Moyes' side are now being tipped to end outside of the Champions League places and below their Merseyside rivals. 

Only eight games in, perhaps expecting United to end below Liverpool is wrong.

The Red Devils were always going to have a tricky opening period to the season with the United boss finding his feet at the Theatre of Dreams and while it may be difficult for Moyes' side to win a 21st title, surely it's too early to expect them to end outside of the top four. 

Only one in the history of the Premier League have Liverpool ended above United and that came back in the 2001/02 season. 

So, can it happen again in this campaign?

There will certainly be a growing confidence on Merseyside that the club have what it takes to end above the champions and pip them for a Champions League place, however they still must prove themselves. 

In the 2011/12 season, Liverpool ended 37 points behind United and last season, under Rodgers, the Reds ended in seventh place - 28 points behind their rivals. For the past couple of years, the Anfield outfit have been a very long way off United. 

However, things have certainly changed. 

The Red Devils have lost their great leader as Alex Ferguson has retired and as mentioned United have struggled so far under Moyes. 

And, for Liverpool, they are on the way up. The attacking two of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, can most certainly lead them on the path to success.

But, do they really have what it takes to end above United if their top stars gain injuries. 

When comparing Liverpool's starting XI with United's, there's not a great deal that can separate the sides.

That was seen in the two fixtures between the pair earlier on in this campaign. 

At Anfield, Rodgers' side picked up a 1-0 victory, but at Old Trafford the score was reversed. 

United's depth in their squad is stronger and if Moyes can get them to click, the players certainly have enough about them to climb the table.

United have the experience and the know-how to end in the Champions League places, whereas in the latter stages of the season - when the pressure really gets going - will Rodgers' side fade away?

They still have a lot to prove and trips to Arsenal and Merseyside rivals Everton next month will once again be a chance for Rodgers' side to show they are the real deal. 

Until then, you will have to back United as they have been used to ending above their rivals for a long time. 

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