Anfield Cauldron Too Much for United?
FA Cup Fourth Round Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United. Football lovers around the world have marked their calendars for this big game. Who will win?
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Football lovers around the world were looking ahead in their calendars to make sure they would be free for the mouth-water prospect of watching, what is already being built up to be one of the games of the season’s, as Liverpool FC play host the bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield, on the 28 January in the FA Cup Fourth Round. As the two most successful clubs in the history of the competition prepare to lock horns with each other, the usually white hot affair promises to be even more heated due to the controversies surrounding Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez.
Both clubs would see this game as a must win as it would not only take them one step closer to Wembley, but moreover it would provide a significant mental boost for the winning team as the 2011/2012 approaches its home stretch. For United this could mean greater confidence in its push to topple its city rivals from top spot, as for Liverpool it could provide much needed relief from what has been a rather gloomy start to the New Year for the club and once again galvanise the club to push for that elusive fourth place Champions League spot.
Upon examining the two clubs on recent form it is clear that both clubs have not been at their vintage best and have been in what can only be best described as a stuttering form. Based on such form it is difficult to pick the winner.
Manchester United since their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of cross city rivals Manchester City late October last year, have not fully recovered to rediscover their early season form which saw the tear apart Arsenal in an 8 – 2 trashing. United have also been plagued by injury troubles and their current injury list includes the likes of Jonny Evans, Ashley Young, Darren Fletcher, Nemanja Vidic, Fabio, Michael Owen, and Tom Cleverly. However of those, Evans and Fabio are expected to be back for the big game clash, and United will also be buoyed by the fact that club veteran Paul Scholes has come out of retirement to aid the team through this difficult period. Recent rumours of a rift between Rooney and Ferguson have not helped in stabilising the club in the midst of such an injury crisis. However it is important to note that in United’s most recent triumph, was knocking out Manchester City of the League Cup in a thrilling encounter which saw them edge City 3-2. United also remain the second highest scoring club in the Premier League only trailing leaders Manchester City. Even with such an extensive list of injuries, United remain a potent goal scoring threat with the likes of Rooney, Giggs, Valencia, Nani, Park, Wellbeck and Berbatov.