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  • January 13, 2013
  • • 13:30
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 75501
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Manchester United - Liverpool Preview: The Premier League's top scorers meet at Old Trafford

Manchester United - Liverpool Preview: The Premier League's top scorers meet at Old Trafford

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Robin van Persie leads the way in the scoring charts with 16 goals this season to Luis Suarez's 15, but the visitors face a tough task against a side unbeaten in seven at home

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs
Van Persie, Chicharito
LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Downing
Gerrard, Lucas, Allen
Sturridge, Suarez, Sterling

Wayne Rooney is unlikely to feature due to a knee problem, having only just returned to training. Elsewhere, Phil Jones (knock) is also back in training but unlikely to play, while Anderson and Nani (both hamstring) could be in the squad for Sunday, but look set to feature from the bench, if at all.

For the visitors, Jose Enrique (hamstring) is likely to be out until February following his injury against QPR, so Stewart Downing could make an appearance in his place, otherwise Andre Wisdom could come into the side at right-back, with Glen Johnson slotting in on the left side.

Martin Kelly (knee) remains a long-term absentee, as does Fabio Borini (broken foot), though the striker is due back soon.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester United striker Robin van Persie not only leads the Premier League top scorers chart with 16 goals, but is also joint fourth in assists, with six.
  • Luis Suarez has the joint-second worst discipline in the league, having picked up seven yellow cards this season, while Paul Scholes is in the top 15 for foul play with six yellow cards from 14 appearances.
  • United have the best record in the division when falling behind this season, having won 24 points from losing positions.
  • Van Persie has scored five in his last six games against Liverpool, including the winner in the two sides' meeting at Anfield earlier this season.
  • Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (pictured) has created the most goals this season in the Premier League, with eight assists.
  • The Reds face a tough task at Old Trafford, with the hosts winning their past seven matches in a row at home, and are unbeaten in nine in the league.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side have only won one match when losing at half-time this season, after going in behind at the break on nine occasions.

Players to watch

M. Carrick

Position: Midfielder

Games: 8

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The midfielder has quietly gone about being one of the club's best players this season, and has been popping up in some goalscoring positions as well, twice hitting the bar with headers from corners this year, and has got four assists as well, including the pass for Chicharito's last-minute winner against Newcastle. He will face a tough task against a strong midfield three, but if allowed time on the ball he may dictate the game.

G. Johnson

Position: Defender

Games: 11

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The right back has been in stunning form this year, and has earned rave reviews for his attacking play as usual. However, his defensive play has also been of a high standard, often a deficiency in his game over recent years. A goal and two assists in 19 league games this year isn't that bad a return for a defender who has regularly shifted between left-back and right-back so far, which could be the case on Sunday.

Editor's Prediction

Brendan Rodgers will be looking to keep things tight in the opening stages and launch some decisive counterattacks with a recently-bolstered frontline. United will have to be wary about the threat of Luis Suarez, who is in top form for the visitors. However, United have been in great form recently and have scored 54 goals in 21 games this season - so expect them to add a couple more against their rivals.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester United

Liverpool

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
Draw
Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
60%
34%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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