Predicted XI: Manchester United vs Liverpool – Three strikers but no Januzaj

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – His inclusion in the team doesn’t need to be justified any more. Undisputed No.1

Rafael – David Moyes confirmed Rafael’s fitness at his press conference and the Brazilian’s availability should ensure Chris Smalling can feature at centre-back.

Chris Smalling – Smalling is United’s in-form defender, so will surely be rewarded with another start against Liverpool.

Phil Jones – The mobility of Jones may be vital for dealing with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, so expect him to be picked ahead of United’s other central defenders.

Patrice Evra – The Frenchman is the only real choice as Alexander Buttner just isn’t good enough for a game like this.

Michael Carrick – Carrick will have a vital role to play on Sunday.

Marouane Fellaini – Fellaini has looked a new man since his return from injury and good midfield work will be the key to stopping Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard affect the game on Sunday.

Juan Mata – The £37 million man is surely set to start, especially considering he can’t feature in midweek due to being cup tied.

Wayne Rooney – Manchester United will need a big performance from Rooney up against Liverpool like he did two years ago in the league.

Danny Welbeck – It may be a toss-up between Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young for this position as David Moyes has shown a reluctance to play Adnan Januzaj is the big matches this season. Shinji Kagawa may not be deemed match fit or suitably defensively-minded to counteract Glen Johnson. One will probably get the nod with the other starting in midweek.

Robin van Persie – Despite being out of sorts on the pitch, Van Persie’s recent commitment to the club shows he is ready to fight for United in the big matches.


Formation: 4-2-3-1

United arguably have their strongest team available for this fixture and top performances from everybody could well help the Red Devils inflict a defeat on their rivals and continue to climb the table. Moyes has a plethora of options available and picking the right team will go a long way to ensuring a good result on Sunday.

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