Liverpool v Manchester United: Match Preview


Liverpool v Manchester United
FA Cup fourth round
Saturday; January 27th: 12:45


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Liverpool are hopeful of recalling Jay Spearing to their match-day squad after his two-week absence through injury.

United are without long term absentees Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher.

Phil Jones and Nani's respective injuries at Arsenal last weekend could force them out, while Rio Ferdinand, who missed the win at The Emirates Stadium, is a major doubt.

Dalglish and Ferguson request calm

Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson have urged both sets of players to behave appropriately ahead of Manchester United's trip to Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round.

The clash is the first since Luis Suarez was handed an eight-match FA ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra during October's meeting between the pair.

While Suarez is still ineligible for the tie, Evra is likely to feature, and the stand-in United skipper is expected to be met by a chorus of boos at Anfield.

"We want to concentrate on going out and playing football and any other sideshow is purely that, it is just a sideshow," Dalglish said.

"Everyone has a responsibility to uphold the names of their respective club and anyone who reports or comments on the game also has the responsibility to make sure they are not trying to incite trouble.

"But it is not only the fans who have to behave themselves; we have a responsibility to behave - but that is the case every time.

"I am sure everyone will be determined to make sure what's done has been done and whatever your grievance is keep it to yourself and let's get on with the game."

Ferguson meanwhile has put the onus on both sets of players to set the tone for a low key afternoon, which saw the points shared earlier in the season.

"It's a massive game for both clubs," Ferguson said. "There's a tremendous profile on it. There will be interest throughout the country.

"Both sets of fans have got to make sure we are talking about the game and nothing else. It can be that way because there are a lot of good players on the pitch.

"It is a big game and at the end of the day we want to talk about a game of football.

"You just have to concentrate on the game. We have to try and play our game – that helps. Both sets of players have to be aware of that. I'm confident there won't be problems."

Saturday's meeting will be the 13th meeting between the two sides in the history of the FA Cup, and the second in as many seasons, following last term's third round clash at Old Trafford.

The 11-time FA Cup winners face a challenge to reach the fifth round for the ninth time in ten seasons, as they're without a win at Liverpool since 2007.

United have won nine of the 12 previous clashes between the two in the world's oldest cup competition, including in the finals in 1977 and 1996, while Liverpool confirmed they'll be making at least one trip to Wembley this season, after overcoming Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final in midweek.

Dalglish's side are unbeaten at Anfield this season, having won five and drawn eight, however, their victory over Oldham Athletic in the previous round is their only win on their own patch in 2012.

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