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30/08/2013 07:15, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Liverpool

Date, time and coverage: Sunday 1 September (kick-off: 13:30 BST). The match is live in the UK on Sky Sports and you can follow it via ManUtd.com’s live blog and MUTV Online’s radio commentary.

Form guide: United head to Merseyside on the back of Monday’s goalless draw with title rivals Chelsea, the first Old Trafford match of the David Moyes era. That stalemate was preceded by a 4-1 victory over Swansea City and the champions would love to replicate that impressive away performance at Anfield. Although it won’t be easy against a Liverpool team that has claimed maximum points thus far from matches with Stoke City and Aston Villa, making them one of just two teams to hold a perfect record in the Barclays Premier League.

Ins and outs: Wayne Rooney should retain his starting place after impressing on Monday, while Ashley Young could also get the nod following his encouraging cameo. Rafael and Javier Hernandez are still unavailable through injury, while Nani is also likely to miss out. Martin Skrtel will return for Liverpool, though Brendan Rodgers is probably without Kolo Toure, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho after all three suffered injuries during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup win over Notts County.

Betting: Official partners bwin have United priced as narrow outsiders at odds of 2.75, with Liverpool at 2.50 and the draw at 3.50. There is plenty of value in the half-time/full-time market, especially if you fancy an epic Reds comeback. You can back the Liverpool/United 31.00.

Last meeting: In what was billed as a battle of the strikers between Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez, the Dutchman came out on top to help United triumph at Old 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

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