Marouane Fellaini will score winning goal against Liverpool - Gary Neville

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Gary Neville has tipped Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini to score the winning goal against Liverpool when the two north-west rivals go head-to-head at Anfield later this month.

Responding to a tweet from his Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher, Neville predicted the much-maligned Belgium international to grab the winner in front of the Kop on March 22.

But Carragher bit back at the former Manchester United captain by claiming Fellaini will suffer a mental block at Anfield because he played for Everton for five years.

Pivotal match

This month's clash between the two fierce rivals is likely to prove very important in the race for the top four. It could even be pivotal.

Two points separate the two clubs in the Premier League table as things stand following Wednesday's results - United beat Newcastle 1-0, while Liverpool defeated Burnley 2-0 - with 10 matches left to play.

United have struggled to entertain the Old Trafford faithful since Louis van Gaal's arrival but have been picking up points, having lost just two of their previous 18 Premier League fixtures.

Wednesday's win at St James' Park was a crucial result for the Red Devils who take on Arsenal and Tottenham in the FA Cup and Premier League, respectively, before the Liverpool game at Anfield.

Liverpool favourites

After a poor start to the 2014-15 campaign, Liverpool have recovered superbly and now find themselves in a great position to snatch fourth spot from the hands of their rivals, who face a daunting set of fixtures over the forthcoming weeks.

Full credit must go to manager Brendan Rodgers, who admitted earlier this week that he feared for his job during the team's darkest moments earlier this season.

The Reds are unbeaten in 12 Premier League matches and haven't lost at home since their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on November 8.

Because of their excellent recent form, Liverpool will head into the match as favourites. United have failed to win a league match at Anfield since September 2012, when Robin van Persie's late penalty earned all three points for the visitors.

Fellaini - The new O'Shea?

So, will Neville's premonition come true?

Well, Fellaini has become a favourite of Van Gaal's this season - a development few Manchester United fans saw coming last summer - and his aerial ability means he'll certainly threaten Liverpool from set-piece situations.

Neville may have recently been reminded of his former teammate John O'Shea's winner in front of the Kop. That goal happened eight years ago this week - and it might finally be time for another unlikely Manchester United hero to shine.

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