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Preview: Man Utd v Liverpool
18 Mar 2010 - 15:34:23
Liverpool will be desperate to put a spoke in Manchester United's title charge at Old Trafford on Sunday as Sir Alex Ferguson's side bear down on their 19th league title.
The two teams are currently locked together on 18 Championships but, whereas United have won 11 of the last 17 titles, Liverpool's last success was 20 years ago.
However, Rafa Benitez's side have had an uncanny knack of shocking United in the last few years, most notably 12 months ago when they came from behind to win 4-1 at Old Trafford, although that only proved to be a blip as Ferguson's team went on to win their third successive title.
Although the Premier League has been a distant dream for Liverpool since the opening weeks of the campaign, they remain in the hunt for a top-four place despite some horrendous results and returned to winning ways on Monday when they thrashed hapless Portsmouth 4-1 at Anfield.
However, their away form has been wretched all season with Benitez's cautious team winning only four of their 15 away games, netting only 12 times in the process.
Their last league win away from Anfield came at Aston Villa in December but, since the turn of the year, they have failed to win five matches on their travels.
Meanwhile, United, as usual, are hitting form at exactly the right time, winning three successive Premier League games without conceding a goal since losing at Everton, as well as winning the Carling Cup Final against Aston Villa at Wembley and thrashing AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Wayne Rooney is of course in excellent form but Dimitar Berbatov was also outstanding in last weekend's victory against Fulham, a result which kept United at the top of the table.
Only Fabio Aurelio (thigh) and Martin Skrtel (ankle) look set to miss out for Liverpool while United's injury list continues to be lengthy with Jonny Evans (knee),Ryan Giggs (broken wrist) and Rafael (calf) doubtful for Sunday's game while Wes Brown (metatarsal), Michael Owen (hamstring), Anderson (anterior cruciate ligament), John O'Shea (thigh) and Owen Hargreaves (knee) definitely miss out.