Manchester United vs Liverpool by Neuro
Most important match of the third round of Capital Cup One will see Manchester United taking on Liverpool, as both teams are coming from disappointing performances last weekend. Manchester United is coming from a 4:1 defeat over their city rivals and will surely try to get back to winning ways, while the team showed to be vulnerable early in the season with more than modest record so far.
After five rounds in the Premier League, they have only 2-1-2 record and have to improve as soon as possible, otherwise defending the title will be much tougher for them as they are already five points behind Arsenal and Tottenham. Citizens were way more dominant through the whole game, while the Devils were only able to reduce the deficit three minutes before the final whistle, while it was third consecutive derby early in the season where they stayed without a victory. Previously the team drew against Chelsea 1:0 and got defeated 1:0 at Anfield, while there is strong doubt whether coach Moyes is able to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson. However, the team plays much better at home and are expected to rely on that fact tonight.
Van Persie, Jones, Rafael and Fletcher still suffer from injuries, while Evans could make his first start of the season instead of team captain Vidic. Carrick and Fellaini might be given a rest from this match, while their positions should take Cleverly and Anderson.
Liverpool comes from maybe even bigger shock as they dropped points two times in a row. After their away draw to Swansea in a game they were limited to a passive role, team lost at home against Southampton with a 0:1 result, although they have tried to dominate through the whole game. It was the first defeat for them, as it's still to be seen how will it reflect on the next performances of them.
With this defeat they are thrown from the top of the standings, as the team currently occupies fifth position with ten points, while the coach Rogers admitted that the players didn't play as well as in previous matches, saying that he is mostly concerned because of their poor attacking performance. Main news for them in front of this match is that their key striker Suarez is available again as he served his ten matches suspension. However, Coutinho, Cissokho, Coates, Johnson will miss the derby game due to various injuries, while Agger is a doubt wit rib injuries. Moreover, the coach is expected to rotate his players a little.
Despite poorer form from Manchester United than expected, they are still favorites to win over the Reds. Manchester is still playing well at home and the game shouldn't be rated as so close, at least when they are playing at Old Trafford.