March 05, 2011

Liverpool Vs manchester United Preview & Prediction

Liverpool v Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 6 March (13:30 GMT)

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Dalglish is hoping that £35 million man Andy Carroll will be able to make his mark against United in what would be a highly pressurised debut for the striker.

Carroll is yet to play for Liverpool following his January transfer from Newcastle United because of a thigh complaint, but it is healing nicely and he is in contention, even if Dalglish did not want to admit that publicly.

Dalglish said: "Who we have and what we go with we don't know - and that includes Andy Carroll.

Strategy: Liverpool will need no motivation for this game but calm heads will also be required. That means Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will have to remain super-disciplined while Raul Meireles, Joe Cole and Lucas will all have to be creative from midfield. Dirk Kuyt and Suarez will share forward duties and Liverpool need to hassle United's defence and get behind the opposition if they are to cause problems.

Injury Update: Carroll is likely to feature at some point after finally recovering from his thigh problem but Martin Kelly (hamstring) and Jonjo Shelvey (knee) are both absent.


Ferguson has vowed to get his players in the right mental state ahead of their trip to Merseyside.

Manchester United lost for only the second time this season earlier in the week against Chelsea and the Old Trafford manager is determined not to let that setback ruin their title charge in the closing stages of the season.

He said: "The role of the manager is to make sure the players are on the edge of their game all the time.They're human beings, individuals, and not every player is the same.

Strategy: After their defeat at Stamford Bridge, Ferguson will be desperate to avoid slipping up once again. Expect him to pack their midfield as they look to shield their weakened defence.

Injury Update: The injury-list is headed by Rio Ferdinand who is out with a calf strain. Michael Owen (groin) is doubtful, while Anderson, Jonny Evans (both knee) and Ji-Sung Park (hamstring) are out. Nemanja Vidic is banned.


Experienced Phil Dowd will take charge of proceedings on Sunday. The Staffordshire official has dished out the second highest number of yellow cards (102) this season, including six in three games involving United. Reds fans also saw Dowd in last season's Carling Cup final win over Aston Villa.


Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United