Premier League Preview: Manchester United vs. Liverpool

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  • Manchester United leads the all-time series W77-D51-L64
  • David De Gea could make his first start of the season
  • United won both fixtures last season (3-0, 2-1)

One of the most storied rivalries in all of football will be back on the pitch at Old Trafford on Saturday, as Liverpool and Manchester United meet for the 193rd time in history (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).

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Manchester United won both meetings last season, something Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool will look to turn around tomorrow on the road.

The biggest story surrounding this game involves David de Gea, who has yet to feature for Manchester United this season. After his transfer to Real Madrid fell through in the final minutes on Deadline Day, the Spanish international could make his first start in front of the home support at Old Trafford. After signing a new four-year contract with the club, de Gea is ready to get his focus back to football. If you think back to last December, de Gea put in one of his best performance in a United jersey against Liverpool, which ended in a 3-0 win for the Red Devils. When asked if de Gea would get the start, Louis Van Gaal answered in typical Louis van Gaal fashion, saying “You shall see it, you never know.”

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Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool could have to make due without some key players, as Adam Lallana and captain Jordan Henderson are both questionable while battling injuries. Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho will also miss the match while serving a suspension after his red card against West Ham. Both sides are tied with seven points through four matches, which adds even more importance to this match, albeit early in the season.

What they’re saying

United assistant manager Ryan Giggs on facing Liverpool: “Liverpool is the perfect game to come back to after the international break. Old Trafford will be bouncing for a late kick-off. All the players are looking forward to it and I’m sure the fans are, too. Liverpool is always a special game and it’s even more special when you win, so we can’t wait.”

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on his side’s focus: “It’s winning the next game, irrespective of where it is. Of course it’s a big game, but once you lose a game and you’ve had two weeks to sit on it, winning the next game is important – no matter where that’s at.”

Prediction

Neither has side has really been in good form to start the season, but when Manchester United and Liverpool meet, you can always expect an entertaining match. The possible return of David de Gea has given some added excitement to the game, and with Wayne Rooney coming off of a historic international break with England, tomorrow could be the day he gets off the mark in the Premier League. Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool.