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Liverpool and United in Huge Derby Match

Liverpool v United is always a tense affair

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from the defeat at Chelsea with a win against their biggest rivals in the league.

United didn’t play anywhere near as well as they can do during the match with Chelsea and Sir Alex Ferguson could make several tweaks to his side for the game against the team that has upset him consistently throughout the years.

Rafael Da Silva has to be in contention to win back his place at right back in place of John O’Shea. O’Shea was consistently beaten on the outside by Chelsea’s left sided midfield players and Rafael also shows a little more aggression when he’s trying to win the ball back.

There will have to be a change in the middle of defence which could see O’Shea take Nemanja Vidic’s place after the United captain was sent off against Chelsea for picking up two yellow cards. O’Shea is much more suited to a central defensive position and he could be the pick if Rio Ferdinand isn’t fit enough to play.

In midfield Ferguson is surely going to be displeased with the way his team retained the ball against Chelsea. Ryan Giggs will come into the side and will play down the left with Nani over on the right. Ferguson may well choose to play three central midfielders for the game so he has more players who are comfortable on the ball. These three will most likely be Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher.

Up front the choice for Ferguson is one of the most difficult he’ll have to make for this game. Javier Hernandez will drop to the bench after he couldn’t pay back the manager’s faith when he was given a start against Chelsea. Wayne Rooney should start in attack after scoring a sublime long range effort against the current Premier League champions.

There is no doubt at all that Dimitar Berbatov will play some role in the match against Liverpool. He can play as either the lone striker or as Rooney’s partner and the Bulgarian should be chomping at the bit to get his regular place in the side safe and secure.

On the injury front there is still a worry over Ferdinand who has been battling against his own fitness for the majority of the season. Michael Owen is also a player who could face a late fitness test before the match with his old team. Antonio Valencia and Owen Hargreaves are no closer to first team action.

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