Trafford. Van Persie fired the opener before supplying the cross from which Nemanja Vidic doubled after the break. Daniel Sturridge halved the advantage, though United were comfortable 2-1 winners.
Manager: Brendan Rodgers is confident his senior players will not be affected by Tuesday’s 120-minute cup clash when United visit Anfield on Sunday. “We've got plenty of recovery time now for the players,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “That was the idea - that I could put some of the senior guys in knowing there was enough recuperation period after the game, and obviously to give our young players good experience playing in a competitive game. They'll all be fine, they'll recover well and we'll be excited now looking forward to that game on Sunday.”
Star man: After joining from Chelsea last January, Daniel Sturridge established himself as one of Liverpool’s primary attacking weapons by scoring 12 goals by last season’s end. Maintaining that momentum, the Manchester City academy graduate has picked up where he left of, netting four goals in just three games this term. United’s defenders must monitor this predatory striker.
Sub-plot: As a former Everton manager of 11 years, David Moyes knows all about local derbies with Liverpool and the Scot will undoubtedly draw on that experience this Sunday.
Did you know? Although clashes between the two sides are often tight, only one of the last 50 encounters has ended in a 0-0 draw. Meanwhile, each of the last four fixtures has ended with a scoreline of 2-1.