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FA Cup

  • 28 January 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 43952
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Liverpool - Manchester United Preview: Red Devils have not beaten the hosts in the FA Cup at Anfield since 1985

The last five meetings between the two sides in this competition have all been decided by a one-goal margin, with three 1-0 victories having come to pass during this time

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

LIVERPOOL




Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique
Adam, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing
Bellamy, Carroll

MANCHESTER UNITED



Lindegaard
Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park
Rooney, Welbeck


Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish doesn't have too many selection concerns ahead of Manchester United, but won't be able to call upon Luis Suarez due to the striker serving his suspension following the race row that also involved Patrice Evra.

Lucas is sidelined with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the season, while young defender Jack Robinson is out with a hamstring problem. Even if fit, the 18-year-old would have been an unlikely choice considering the magnitude of the game.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has some injury concerns ahead of the match, as Rio Ferdinand (back) is doubtful, as is Anderson with a slight knock, while Phil Jones (ankle) and Nani (foot) will sit out. Ferdinand missed the game against Arsenal, while Jones and Nani sustained their injuries during the 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Michael Owen (thigh) is still out, while Darren Fletcher (illness) and Nemnaja Vidic (knee) are expected to be out for the rest of the season, but Ashley Young could make a return to the United bench.

Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans put in a good performance during the victory over the Gunners and are expected to start at Anfield, with Rafael and Evra in full-back positions. Park Ji-Sung will likely be the man on the left flank with Nani almost certainly out.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The last time that the Red Devils beat Liverpool at Anfield in this competition was back in 1985, when Joe Fagan was boss. He was succeeded by Kenny Dalglish as player-manager the following season.
  • The last five FA Cup meetings between the two sides have all been settled by a one goal margin, with three of them ending in a 1-0 victory while the other two ended in a 2-1 result.
  • Dalglish managed to win the FA Cup twice during his first stint at boss, with the Reds winning the the competition in the 1985-86 and 1988-89 seasons. He is also one of 15 people to have won it as a player and a manager.
  • Steven Gerrard (pictured right) has scored three goals and has been red carded once in his last four games against Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
  • Manchester United have lost only three times in their last 21 away games in all competitions.
  • The last time that the Red Devils lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup was back in 2006, when the Reds managed to secure a 1-0 victory at Anfield in the fifth round of the domestic cup tournament.
  • Sir Alex has won this competition five times during the course of his long and distinguished managerial career. Should he guide his charges to the ultimate prize this season, he will have equalled former Aston Villa boss George Ramsay's record of six FA Cup trophies.
  • United are currently the most successful club in this competition, having won it 11 times during the course of their history. Liverpool have won it on seven occasions, with their last triumph coming in the form of a penalty shootout victory over West Ham United in 2006.

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Players to watch

S. Gerrard

Position: Midfielder

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Steven Gerrard has a history of putting in fantastic performances when the Reds need him most. With Luis Suarez serving a suspension, the onus will be on the skipper to find a way past the opposition and ensure that a place in the next round is guaranteed.

P. Evra

Position: Defender

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Patrice Evra appears very likely to take a bit of a battering from the crowd in what should be a vitriolic atmosphere at Anfield, following the recent race row that saw Suarez suspended for eight matches.

The full-back will have to deal with constantly being targeted by the home supporters, while dealing with the added pressure of playing in a game against Liverpool.

Editor's Prediction

This game could go either way and the winner will likely be the side that shows fewer nerves on the big stage.

With home advantage and the added inspiration of playing against United, not to mention the visitors' injury problems, Kenny Dalglish's men could nick this one by a lone goal.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Manchester United

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Manchester United FC MUN
Manchester United FC Manchester United
46%
50%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Manchester United FC MUN
Liverpool FC LIV
1 - 2
Manchester United FC MUN
Liverpool FC LIV
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MUN

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