Identity-less Manchester United host fierce rivals Liverpool

By Farid Khan

The biggest game in English football is upon us – it’s Manchester United against Liverpool. For Manchester United, it is going to be a moment of immense pride as they host a team with 5 Champions League titles, yes, 5 of them. The rivalry has declined over the years, with Manchester United losing their identity, and with ‘Tactical Genius’ Louis Van Gaal managing them, whose biggest achievements remain conceding 5 against Leicester, getting thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons and losing thrice in a row to Swansea, despite spending more money in a year than Swansea have in their entire history. Manchester United are fresh from a routine defeat against Swansea, where Gomis’ celebration and Romero’s butter fingers remained highlights, while Liverpool will be geared up, having not lost a single game away from home this season.

Liverpool have been dealt with a huge blow with fresh news of Wayne Rooney doubtful for the match doing the rounds. He is expected to have a late fitness test, which will decide his involvement in the match. Liverpool fans are hoping he makes it, which would mean Manchester United will be starting the match with 10 players. The so-called ‘total footballer’ last scored in the Premier League when he had natural hair on his head. The boot-less striker has gone 10 games and 940 minutes, without finding the back of the net in the best league of the world. Liverpool are neither San Marino nor Club Brugge, so the man with more goals in his career than hair on head will have to wait to break his duck.   In case, he is not fit to start, Manchester United have a suitable replacement in world class attacker Anthony Martial ready, who is their latest signing and for whom every Manchester United fan had to Google to get more details about. The Frenchman already has scored the same number of goals as Wayne Rooney in the Premier League this season and has also won the FA Cup same number of times as his new club’s captain.

Liverpool will be taking the field at Old Trafford later today, with a feeling like home, having humiliated Manchester United 4-1 and 3-0 on this very ground, not so long ago. On the other hand, Manchester United would be looking for goal-scoring options as they won’t be having the services of their top-scorer Kyle Walker for this game. Brendan Rodgers is confident his in-form Liverpool side will show great character and will have little or no difficulty against Manchester United, who last won a match at home when Pedro was still a Barcelona player.

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