United have a score to settle and three points to win, while Liverpool have 18 reasons to put the skids under our title challenge...
What’s at stake?
First and foremost, three points. United will be desperate to avoid any slips in the race for the wire – especially at home. So a maximum haul has to be the primary aim. Liverpool arguably have more to lose. Rafa has boldly promised the fans fourth spot, which looks anything but a dead cert with Villa, Spurs and City still in the hunt. The consequences of not securing that slot could be huge – could Rafa survive it? Then there are the financial ramifications of failing to reach the Champions League – a huge blow to the club’s coffers, never mind pride.
The first name United will look for on the Liverpool team sheet will be that of Fernando Torres. El Nino has scored in two of those last three Liverpool wins, getting the better of both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the process. Steven Gerrard is the other danger man – skipper, inspiration and driving force. Without those two Liverpool have often looked ordinary. Having said that, both were on the bench last season when Liverpool beat us at Anfield and Gerrard missed this season’s game. All eleven should be watched like hawks, then – no quarter given.