Kick-off: 1330 GMT, 1800 IST, Sunday, 01 September 2013
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: S Ledger, M McDonough
Fourth Official: P Dowd
Location: Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
The first of two blockbuster games on Grand Slam Sunday, Manchester United take on Liverpool at Anfield in what is certain to be a high-octane clash.
David Moyes returns to Liverpool since leaving Everton over the summer and that, in combination with his new job means he will have the entire stadium (well, almost) on his back. This will be Brendan Rodgers’ second derby, having faced Sir Alex Ferguson’s United last season.
Last three competitive fixtures: WWW
27 August 2013: 4-2 vs. Notts County (H), Capital One Cup
24 August 2013: 1-0 vs. Aston Villa (A), Barclays Premier League
17 August 2013: 1-0 vs. Stoke City (A), Barclays Premier League
Liverpool have showed on their travels a steely determination that was absent last season. In the absence of striking talisman Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge has led the line wonderfully and although Liverpool do boss possession, they need to be sharper up front.
That will come in time but the Reds cannot afford to lose concentration the way they did against Notts County earlier this week. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Sturridge gave the hosts a 2-0 lead but Yoann Arquin and Adam Coombes pegged the Merseysiders back and they needed extra time goals from Sturridge and Jordan Henderson to seal passage through to the next round.
Last season, Rodgers was beaten after Jonjo Shelvey had been sent off in the first half. Steven Gerrard scored early in the second but a Rafael da Silva goal and Robin van Persie’s late penalty gave the visitors all three points.
Last three competitive fixtures: WWW
26 August 2013: 0-0 vs. Chelsea (H), Barclays Premier League
17 August 2013: 4-1 vs. Swansea City (A), Barclays Premier League
11 August 2013: 2-0 vs. Wigan Athletic (N), FA Community Shield
Although United have endured a very bumpy start to their preseason preparations, the Red Devils have shown that they deliver the goods when called upon. This will be the Old Trafford outfit’s second high-profile game in as many weeks and Moyes will be hoping to do better than he did against Chelsea a week ago. But as he knows full well, going to Anfield and winning is not easy. Formerly manager at Everton, he knows only too well that he will be given a very hot reception and will need his team to perform.
If he wishes to replicate the form shown by Sir Alex throughout his United career, he will need to come away with a result here.
New FC Porto loan signing Aly Cissokho was forced to come off just minutes into his Anfield debut when he played against Notts County and will be out for four to six weeks.
But fellow defender Kolo Toure is expected to recover from a groin complaint and Rodgers will be glad to see the experienced defender return.
Squad (from): Brad Jones, Simon Mignolet, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, John Flanagan, Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure, Andre Wisdom, Luis Alberto, Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Leiva Lucas, Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Ibe, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge
Probable Starting XI: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard, Allen; Coutinho, Alberto, Sturridge
The Red Devils are sweating on the fitness of Brazil duo Rafael and Fabio da Silva. Nani has a groin strain and Darren Fletcher is still recovering from ulcerative colitis.
Squad (from): Ben Amos, David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Jonny Evand, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Michael Keane, Chris Smalling, Guillermo Varela, Nemanja Vidic, Oliveira Anderson, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Adnan Januzaj, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell, Luis Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Manuel Bebe, Javier Hernandez, Angelo Henriquez, Will Keane, Federico Macheda, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Daniel Welbeck, Wilfried Zaha
Probable Starting XI: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Valencia, Kagawa, van Persie
Sunday should be fun. Expect a draw on the cards because Liverpool have home support while United have a certain Robin van Persie
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester United