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Super Sunday: Trip to Anfield

Posted by united4ever2009 on October 25, 2009

The stage is set for the big battle on Super Sunday at Anfield. It is arguably the most anticipated fixture of the season so far. Sir Alex’s men visit Anfield with aim of crushing Liverpool’s title hopes.  Liverpool are in their worst form since 22 years. United, on the other have been producing good results despite their patchy performances in recent weeks. There couldn’t be a better time for United to play Liverpool. But United have to be aware not to get complacent as they did last season at Old Trafford against Liverpool. A win for United could mean end of Liverpool’s title hopes.United have most of their personnel back albeit Rooney being a major doubt due to a calf strain. Liverpool have injury problems of  their own with Gerrard and Torres being doubtful for the clash.

Owen’s return to Anfield

All eyes will be on Michael Owen and the reception he gets at Anfield. Sir Alex has hinted Owen might start if Rooney doesn’t play the game. “Michael’s got a chance [of starting],” said Sir Alex on Friday.

“When he came on against CSKA he did very well. His movement really started to trouble his opponents. I was pleased with that contribution, even though it was only 30 minutes.

“He has been doing very well and has been an excellent professional for us.”

It’s that professionalism plus his wealth of big-match experience that should see Owen through Sunday’s acid test – the first time he’s faced his former supporters in the colours of their arch-rivals.

“He had some great years at Liverpool, so it’s difficult to say what reception he’ll get,” pondered the boss.

Mid-field is the key

The midfield is the key for United. Sir Alex is spoilt for choice in the midfield. Fletcher and Scholes/Carrick are expected to start in the central midfield. Giggs and Valencia have been superb so far and they will try to exploit the full backs of Liverpool to the maximum extent. Sir Alex could either go with the formation he usually adopts in the CL or he could go with the traditional 4-4-2.  If Gerrard and Torres do play, Vidic and Ferdinand will have to be at their best and any mistake could prove fatal.

Possible starting Line-ups:

Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua, Agger, Mascherano, Benayoun, Lucas, Kuyt, Babel, Torres.

Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Giggs, Scholes, Anderson, Valencia, Owen, Berbatov.

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