David Stowell previews the big reserves game, United v Liverpool...
How much are you looking forward to tonight’s game?
Massively, because any United-Liverpool game is an exciting one, whether you’re a fan or a commentator – or both in this case. Tonight’s game should be fascinating football-wise, with all the typical blood and thunder of a match between these two great rivals, not to mention the drama you get with a title duel.
Do we owe Liverpool after two defeats earlier this season, albeit one on pens?
They beat us 1-0 in the league and then knocked us out of the Lancashire Senior Cup in a shoot-out. Liverpool are one of only two sides United have come unstuck against this season, the other being Man City. Otherwise it’s been a flawless campaign. Last week’s 6-1 demolition of Hull was wonderful to watch and there were some fantastic goals scored, so there’s no doubt United come into the game with great confidence. That should help against a Liverpool team who've only lost twice this season.
Who do you expect to be the key players for United tonight?
The first task is to predict the team! Ole’s used 43 different players this season, including various first-teamers who’ve played to build up their fitness after injury - like Van der Sar, Anderson, Hargreaves, Neville, Brown. We’ve also had a lot of injuries to regular reserve players – people missing tonight include Cathcart, Diouf, Eikrem, Fabio, Chester, King. Then we’ve got players out on loan like Tosic, Drinkwater and Cleverley…
So we’re down to the bare bones then…
Well yes but we’ve been down to the bones all season and the bones have done very well! That’s no disrespect to them as players, they’ve played superbly, and it’s perhaps unfair to pick out a few from what is a vast and versatile squad. But the standout performers are the ones that Ole and Warren