Pick your Manchester United team to play Liverpool

Who will get the Fergie nod to face up against their North West rivals?
Arsenal and Tottenham fans may see otherwise, Newcastle United and Sunderland followers may choke into their tea and Everton supporters would just laugh, but Manchester United vs Liverpool is the most volatile powder keg of a match in the country. The two most successful English teams, both from the North West, both wear red, both have extensive histories and their sets of supporters are fiercely passionate.

It is always a recipe for a classic, and this Sunday they square up for arguably the biggest game in the Premier League so far this season.

With Antonio Valencia injured in United’s Champions League match, Sir Alex Ferguson has a headache over who he selects to play on the right wing. Nani may be moved to the right wing with the evergreen Ryan Giggs starting on the left.

There will be wholesale changes in the line-up, as Ferguson will want to field his best team to face his bitter rivals. After resting Dimitar Berbatov in midweek, the Scot is likely to bring him back to partner Wayne Rooney, and Edwin Van der Sar will replace Tomasz Kuszczak in goal. Perennially injured Owen Hargreaves misses out.

Here is the available squad:

Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kusczak, Ben Amos

Defenders: Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Chris Smalling, Fabio da Silva, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, Ritchie De Laet, Corry Evans, Joe Dudgeon, Oliver Gill

Midfielders: Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Anderson, Ji-sung Park, Michael Carrick, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Gabriel Obertan, Bebe, Magnus Eikrem.

Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Javier Hernandez, Federico Macheda, Gabriel Obertan, Bebe

Goal.com UK’s prediction:

Van der Sar; Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Fletcher, O'Shea; Nani, Scholes, Park; Rooney



Edwin van der Sar


Wes Brown

Nemanja Vidic

Rio Ferdinand

Patrice Evra

                   CENTRE MIDFIELD
                   CENTRE MIDFIELD

Darren Fletcher

John O'Shea

              RIGHT WING
               LEFT WING


Paul Scholes

Ji-Sung Park


Wayne Rooney

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