Manchester United vs Liverpool – Predicted starting XI

by Tom Newbold

With the opportunity to secure the double over fierce rivals Liverpool for the first time since 2007, Sir Alex Ferguson is sure to pick a strong team. The last seven days have been the first since mid December without a midweek game and Ferguson’s players will be fresh and ready for this encounter.

Team

David de Gea – De Gea has now completed 720 consecutive minutes for Manchester United and even considering Ferguson’s notorious rotation history, it would be an almighty surprise for the 23-year-old to be dropped on Sunday. Its not going to happen.

Rafael – The young Brazilian has shown United what they were missing at right-back in his injury absence and will be hoping to repeat his superb performance at Anfield earlier in the season.

Rio Ferdinand – After not playing last week versus West Ham, Ferdinand is likely to come back into the team. The experienced centre-back has been vital in some of United’s big wins this season and will need another big performance against Liverpool.

Jonny Evans – Evans has become the stalwart in United’s defence this season and if he brings his ‘A’ game he could be a key decisive factor by nullifying Luis Suarez.

Patrice Evra – Evra was finally rested against West Ham and will be ready to come back into the side for this fixture.

Ashley Young – In recent matches Ashley Young has proved his form to be better than Antonio Valencia and is a possibility to start on the right wing against Liverpool.

Michael Carrick – Carrick has been one of the stand-out performers for United this season and will be undoubtedly selected by Ferguson. In recent matches between the two teams Carrick has underperformed, and he will look to set that right on Sunday.

Tom Cleverley – In some of United’s biggest matches this season, Carrick and Cleverley have formed a successful midfield partnership and now appear to be Ferguson’s first choice pairing. Expect the two to start together on Sunday.

Ryan Giggs – A mixture of factors point to a start for Ryan Giggs against Liverpool. His recent upsurge in form combined with Antonio Valencia’s deterioration are one but also is Ferguson’s history in selecting experience and often Giggs himself, in fixtures against Liverpool over the years.

Javier Hernandez – Perhaps the most difficult position to predict is the partner for Robin van Persie on Sunday. With Wayne Rooney still injured and bereaving for the loss of a relative, Ferguson must call upon one of his other young stars. Hernandez’s excellent form this season makes him favourite to start the match.

Robin van Persie – Van Persie is a no brainer for selection. In the form of his life, a goal or two from the 29-year-old on Sunday could swing the match in United’s favour.

Formation

Ferguson has consistently selected a team with width at home this season, and this game against Liverpool is unlikely to be any different. A typical 4-4-2 can be expected, with some common caveats. In the other big games this season (Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City), Wayne Rooney has dropped deep to add numbers in midfield.

With the absence of Rooney for this game, van Persie may drop deeper into a number 10 position, but more onus will certainly be on Carrick and Cleverley to take a stranglehold of midfield. Giggs tendency to come inside at times may also lead to Hernandez and van Persie pulling out wide as United look to attack Liverpool with fluidity and pace.

Home Liverpool

You may also like

17 comments

chynko 01/12/2013 - 20:25

Dea gea, rafeal , vidic , evans , evra, young, cleverly, carrick , kagawa, RVP, chicharito.

Reply
roland osiobe 01/12/2013 - 14:18

Van persie and giggd should come in second half pls SAF. One love

Reply
Smylin Don 01/12/2013 - 12:37

In d world of football an in a club manchester united,d destiny of d great club rest on a shoulders of a young energetic man his name…van persie!! He wil alws mek d difrence in evry game…we ar winnin dat game wit ease!

Reply
Smylin Don 01/12/2013 - 12:28

“Man u til death do us part”…i wuld prefer valencia to giggs no mata d xperience we nid speed n strenght in midfield so dat cals for valencia wen we ar nw sur of d game den giggs can b introduced…we ar winnin dat game no mata wat hapns.RED;->!

Reply
mansfield 01/12/2013 - 10:07

d gea
rafael vidic evans evra
carrick cleverly young valencia
kagawa rvp
the best line up with both speed and depth

Reply
engr emeka bush 01/12/2013 - 08:33

De Gea. Rafael. Fednand. Evans. Evra. Carick. Cleverly. Valencia. Young. Kagawa. RVP. Then vidic. Chicharito. Nani. Scholes. Can come in after 60th minute of the match pls sir should not start Chicharito and Giggs first.

Reply
Ronnie Vengan 01/12/2013 - 07:46

this is my selection for every match, with a 4x4x2 formation

de gea, raphael,evra,vidic,evans,valencia,carrick,rooney,young,chicharito & van persie.

reserves

lindegard,smalling,ferdinand, scholes.kagawa & nani

emergency reserves, giggs, jones. anderson. powell. fletcher & buttner

i am a south african supporter, would please tell SAF to field this team for a long time

Reply
KAKA 01/12/2013 - 06:58

De Gea
Rafael Rio Evans Evra
Valencia carrick cleverly kagawa
chicha
RVP

Reply
Vicson 01/12/2013 - 05:52

Gigs workrate is low now,so kagawa should play down d flanks, he also crosses balls well

Reply
Emmanuel tsegula 01/12/2013 - 05:23

Kagawa and wilbeck should start in place of giggs and hernandez.

Reply
Gentlekez 01/12/2013 - 04:54

De Gea
Rafael Rio Evans Evra
Valencia carrick cleverly young
Kagawa
RVP

Reply
Musungu edwin 01/12/2013 - 04:32

I think we need vidic,kagawa instead of giggs&ferdinand whose workrate’s low

Reply
quis 01/12/2013 - 02:23

Start Welbeck and Kagawa instead of Giggs and Hernandez. Welbeck and Kagawa have fantastic workrates. After 60 bring on Valencia and Hernandez to finish them off. Liverpool don’t have the depth to handle the extra speed at the end of the game to handle Valencia and Hernandez.

Reply
Neymar 01/11/2013 - 21:50

Kagawa is more likely important and vidic.All Sir Alex Ferguson has to do is to play vidic and kagawa ahead and Welback’with this manchester united will lead at the top of the English league.

Reply
Snoop dogg 01/11/2013 - 21:31

Good lord my nizzle..every time giggs starts we lose..

Reply
obinna 01/11/2013 - 20:54

This maybe it but i’ll still like to see Valencia and Kagawa start ahead of Giggs and Chicharito, Valencia maybe out of form at the moment, but we all know he has formed a good understanding with Rafael in big games and he also help out defensively something Giggs can no longer do, Kagawa on the other hand is yet to find his feet, but we are playing liverpool a team that likes to keep the ball, so need that extra man in the middle, something Rooney is very good at, since he is not playing Kagawa should take his place, secondly we need our top scorer close to opponent box as much as possible, this is not going to be a game where we’ll create 10-15 clear cut chances, and Chicharito can be wasteful sometimes, so we need Rvp upfront to finish up the little chance we might create. Giggs, Chicharito can come This maybe it but i’ll still like to see Valencia and Kagawa start ahead of Giggs and Chicharito, Valencia maybe out of form at the moment, but we all know he has formed a good understanding with Rafael in big games and he also help out defensively something Giggs can no longer do, Kagawa on the other hand is yet to find his feet, but we are playing liverpool a team that likes to keep the ball, so need that extra man in the middle, something Rooney is very good at, since he is not playing Kagawa should take his place, secondly we need our top scorer close to opponent box as much as possible, this is not going to be a game where we’ll create 10-15 clear cut chances, and Chicharito can be wasteful sometimes, so we need Rvp upfront to finish up the little chance we might create. Giggs, Chicharito can come This maybe it but i’ll still like to see Valencia and Kagawa start ahead of Giggs and Chicharito, Valencia maybe out of form at the moment, but we all know he has formed a good understanding with Rafael in big games and he also help out defensively something Giggs can no longer do, Kagawa on the other hand is yet to find his feet, but we are playing liverpool a team that likes to keep the ball, so need that extra man in the middle, something Rooney is very good at, since he is not playing Kagawa should take his place, secondly we need our top scorer close to opponent box as much as possible, this is not going to be a game where we’ll create 10-15 clear cut chances, and Chicharito can be wasteful sometimes, so we need Rvp upfront to finish up the little chance we might create. Giggs, Chicharito can come This maybe it but i’ll still like to see Valencia and Kagawa start ahead of Giggs and Chicharito, Valencia maybe out of form at the moment, but we all know he has formed a good understanding with Rafael in big games and he also help out defensively something Giggs can no longer do, Kagawa on the other hand is yet to find his feet, but we are playing liverpool a team that likes to keep the ball, so need that extra man in the middle, something Rooney is very good at, since he is not playing Kagawa should take his place, secondly we need our top scorer close to opponent box as much as possible, this is not going to be a game where we’ll create 10-15 clear cut chances, and Chicharito can be wasteful sometimes, so we need Rvp upfront to finish up the little chance we might create. Giggs, Chicharito can come in.

Reply
Olamide 01/11/2013 - 20:27

to be honest,I’d rather have Young in for Giggs and have Valencia in on the right,despite his dip in form,Valencia is still capable of running at defenders..other than that,great line-up

Reply

Leave a Comment