United bid for a victory to savour against the fiercest of rivals...
United are unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League since the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle on 4 January but were knocked out of the FA Cup at Anfield last month. The amazing comeback at Chelsea should boost morale as the champions remain in touch with leaders Manchester City and can go above Roberto Mancini's men, perhaps temporarily, with three points from the early kick-off. Liverpool have won only two of their last eight league encounters but have progressed in both the Carling Cup and FA Cup at the expense of some high-profile scalps. The Merseysiders appear to have been finding things slightly easier on the road recently after drawing too many games at Anfield, including Monday's stalemate with Tottenham.
Ins and outs
Tom Cleverley could be in the squad again but the game looks likely to come too soon for Nani. Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher and Michael Owen remain sidelined while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling could miss out again due to injury. Paul Pogba is poised for a place on the bench after sitting out the Reserves' defeat to Manchester City on Thursday. Full-back Jose Enrique is doubtful for the visitors but Fabio Aurelio has returned to fitness. Luis Suarez is pushing for a start after re-emerging from his ban with a substitute's appearance against Tottenham. The influential Brazilian midfielder Lucas is out for the remainder of the season.