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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Manchester United v Liverpool: Can Gerrard leave Old Trafford with title hopes still alive?


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England's two most decorated sides clash at Old Trafford this afternoon but, for the first time in a long while, it's Liverpool who go into the game in the hunt for the title.

The Premier League era has been dominated by Manchester United while Liverpool have been forced to take a back seat following their exploits during the 70s and 80s. But, following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire, the Red Devils have become mortal again. Having been forced to watch United win everything under the sun, the tide looks to be turning back in Liverpool's favour.

David Moyes took over a talented but ageing squad in the summer, but at the same time Brendan Rodgers was forming a group of young, hungry and ambitious players at Anfield. The top four was Liverpool's main objective at the start of the season, but with just 10 games left to play the Reds find themselves seven points off leaders Chelsea with a game in hand. 

Liverpool have faced many challenges already this season, but this will be another huge test of their title credentials. Manchester United fans have endured an awful season under Moyes. Old Trafford is no longer the fortress it once was, but the likes of Rooney, RVP and Mata have the ability to raise their game when it matters most - and games don't come much bigger than this.

The visitors have the chance to complete the double over United for the first time in five years. On that occasion Liverpool thrashed United 4-1 at Old Trafford, with Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard in sparkling form. Looking at recent form there's every chance of a similar scoreline here. Suarez and Sturridge are on fire, although defensively United have improved drastically in recent games - keeping three clean sheets in the league on the bounce. 

Manchester United and Liverpool clashes are simply not for the faint hearted. There will be plenty of talent, grit and determination on show, but who will emerge victorious?

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