Kickoff: 19.45 GMT, 2.45 EST
Venue: Old Trafford
After the debacle at the Etihad earlier in the week, United will look to get back on form in today’s match in the Capital One Cup against Liverpool. Liverpool, who beat United earlier in the season, are coming off a somewhat shocking 1-0 loss to Southampton this past Saturday. But that doesn’t even near the pain that is being felt among United supporters. A win today is crucial. Not to advance in the cup. Not to redeem themselves from the previous loss to Liverpool. Rather, to overcome the aura of defeat that is spreading across the Old Trafford dressing rooms.
Neither team is taking this game lightly. Luis Suarez is making his debut for Liverpool this season after serving a 10-game ban. While I don’t view Suarez as a huge threat, you have to admit that the guy, like him or not, is one of the best players in the entire league. As for one of United’s best players, Robin Van Persie, United coach David Moyes has informed the media that RVP will not play in today’s match. However, it does seem that RVP will attempt to play against West Bromwich this weekend. Other injuries for United include Phil Jones (ankle) and Rafael (hamstring).
The pressure is on David Moyes to perform. While we are not even close to the #FireMoyes stage, the United coach can’t afford many more losses. Ironically, with a win today, David Moyes will have the best start as a United manager since Matt Busby. If this is true, are we seeing a second incarnation of the Busby Babes in the making? Maybe that is a bit drastic, but don’t you like the sound of Moyes’s Boys?
While I will always root for United, I do truly believe that they will win today. Not so much from a skill standpoint, but rather from the feeling of revenge. United were kicked around like dirt against City and need to win in order to boost their confidence. And that’s not even mentioning the loss in the EPL earlier in the season.
Regardless of who plays for either team, United will win. 3-0 is your final prediction. Rooney get’s two, while Giggs gets the other.