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19 Mar 2010 12:26:08

United v Liverpool: Preview

Ryan Giggs returns to the Manchester United squad for Sunday's Premier League clash with old rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. Giggs has missed seven games since breaking his arm at Aston Villa last month but has returned to training without a problem and is expected to start against Rafael Benitez's men. Nemanja Vidic will be hoping to stay on the pitch after being sent off the last three times he has faced Liverpool as the Reds look to retain top spot. Ahead of the game Park Ji-sung is keen to redress the balance from Liverpool's 2-0 win at Anfield earlier this season. "We are looking forward to the game against Liverpool. You can feel the atmosphere is different for a game against Liverpool than for other games," said the South Korea midfielder. "You know the history and the rivalry. "There have been some great games between the two teams and we lost at Anfield earlier this season so there is an element of revenge. "But we are ready to play against them and this time I hope we show our strength." Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani will be assessed before a decision is taken on whether he can rejoin the squad. The Italy international missed Thursday's Europa League victory over Lille with a sickness bug but, even if he is passed fit, it is likely he will only get a place on the bench. Fellow midfielder Maxi Rodriguez returns to the squad having been ineligible for Europe and only Martin Skrtel (foot) and Fabio Aurelio (thigh) are missing with injury. Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Neville, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Fabio Park, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Obertan, Giggs, Nani, Rooney, Berbatov, Diouf. Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Lucas, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Rodriguez, Torres, Babel, Ngog, Benayoun, Aquilani, Cavalieri, Kyrgiakos, Spearing, Kelly, Degen. United league form: DLWWW Liverpool league form: LDWLW Key opponent: Steven Gerrard - midfielder arguably lucky to be playing and he will be out to make United pay Prediction: United 2 Liverpool 0 - The Reds should have the edge on quality and fitness Agree with the prediction? Have your say. Click here for all the latest odds from Betfred.


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