Liverpool look impressive themselves. Brendan Rogers’s side managed to bag six points from two games and as a result sitting pretty in second. In terms of transfer actions, Liverpool signed Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho. In short, Liverpool are looking to improve on last season’s performance.
On the other hand, Manchester United have always been linked with the biggest footballing talents in the world. First, it was Thiago Alcantara who has joined Bayern Munich from Barcelona and then his former colleague, Cesc Fabregas, now with the transfer deadline looming near seems like United are linked with Mezut Ozil of Real Madrid, Leyton Baines and Marouane Feliani of Everton.
As expected, all bids were rejected with distaste. Wayne Rooney was also the center of attention but eventually he “came around” and told everyone he would stay.
Liverpool seemed to have got their act together this season. Rodgers’s side have managed to make themselves look more fluid and capable of passing the ball around while holding possession. Football is always about winning and Liverpool showed it against Stoke City and Aston Villa. Scrapped through but at times they did show quality against both teams. Liverpool have not won the first two league games in succession since 2008.
A 4-2-3-1 formation sees Daniel Sturridge in the lone striker role since Luis Suarez is still serving his 10 match ban. The England striker managed to nick a goal in both games. The two victories however did also depend other individual performances such from the likes of Coutinho, Aspas and as well as Henderson. The Brazilian international is one pulling the strings while playing off Sturridge’s left. His vision and passing have helped Liverpool pull off some amazing chances.
Lucas Leiva also settled into the defensive midfielder role properly, intercepting attacks while covering the back four. Kolo Toure looks set to revive his career at Anfield. He has helped Mingolet in keeping two clean sheets. Unfortunately, the Ivorian international ended the game with an injury on Tuesday night while playing against Notts County. Still waiting for confirmation regarding Toure’s situation.
Based on their last two performances, Liverpool seemed to play more in the opposite half for most of the game. This would give United the opportunity to intercept from their own half and pounce on an immediate counter attack when the opportunity arises through the speed of Antonio Valencia who has had a mini-revival after being given his no.25 jersey.
Manchester United was expected to have a much tougher compared to other big teams in the Premier League due to the change of manager. As luck would have it, this is not the case. United when on attack look hungry, fierce and more fluid than they under Fergie during his last two years as United manager. It should against Chelsea especially in the first half on Monday night. Again, still early days.
David Moyes had his Manchester United team set up in a 4-2-3-1 for both games. Nonetheless, the formation changed to a 4-3-3 whenever Rooney was introduced into the side. The England international would play behind Van Persie while Valencia would play on the right and Welbeck on the left.
The midfield duo of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverly do provide United with creativity. However, at certain times, things seem predictable. Cleverly did play a brilliant game against Chelsea on Monday night keeping Hazard and Shurrle in check. It can be argued that if Chelsea had started the game with a recognized striker, things might have been different.
Overall, Sunday’s game would be electrifying and a cracker of a match. Plenty of mis-tackle, a few cards and hopefully no red cards to put a damper on the match.
My prediction: Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United