Rivalries are great. They give sports an edge, especially a rivalry like Manchester United vs. Liverpool FC. Anything can happen to anybody in this match. From childhood, Liverpool fans learn to hate Manchester United, and I'm sure it's the same way for Manchester United. These are two teams fighting to be England's best team of all time. They match up once again on Sunday with Liverpool hoping to overtake Chelsea's spot in the table, and Manchester United wanting to climb the table.
Even with the retirement of club legend Sir Alex Ferguson, United are still hoping to make a title challenge. The new man in charge, David Moyes, has already added to the team's trophy collection by defeating Wigan in the Community Shield. He will be hoping to motivate his players to victory against a Liverpool side coming off a scraped win against Notts County.
As for Brendan Rodgers, he's in his second year in charge of Liverpool. There are vast improvements from the time he first taught the team his tactics, to the team he fields today. The Liverpool team he puts out on the field is constantly one of great attack with a solid defence. WIth Simon Mignolet in goal, it's proven difficult for opposing strikers to score a goal. The partnership of Kolo Toure and Daniel Agger has also been a revelation in what was a concern after the retirement of club legend Jamie Carragher. Rodgers will need to do well to defeat the Red Devils who just came off a tough 0-0 draw against Chelsea.
Although Liverpool are in a good run of form, this is a game in which form doesn't matter. Liverpool will have to be on top of their game, as will Manchester United. The game will be held in Anfield, home of Liverpool FC. This isn't a run of the mill home field advantage, especially when a rival like Manchester United come to play. This is a game where fans have to be reminded by the players and coaches to not be too harsh and to be respectful. Phil Jones said it best when he told The Independent, "It's never easy going to Anfield, they put you under a lot of pressure."
Speaking of Suarez, the talented striker will not be playing as he is serving his suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea last season. Instead, the phenomenal Daniel Sturridge will be playing the striker role. Sturridge has been one of the hottest strikers in the Premier League, tallying a total of four goals in three games. He recently netted twice against Notts County in the Capital One Cup. Sturridge will again prove to be vital if Liverpool are to take the three points on Sunday.
Simon Mignolet will also prove to be vital if Liverpool are to take three points. Mignolet will have to be strong while his defence do their best at covering the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Van Persie, in particular will be tricky to mark. Rooney already has two assists, and van Persie already has two goals in the Premier League.
The midfield will be a very interesting battle. The Liverpool midfield will consist of Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva and one of either Joe Allen or Jordan Henderson. I would personally favour Jordan Henderson as he has got a good engine, gives chase when the opposition is on the ball, and can score a goal or two. On the other hand, Manchester United may field Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, and Wayne Rooney in an advanced position.
Everybody watching is in for a treat as Liverpool vs. Manchester United is a game that rarely disappoints.
My Prediction: Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United
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