Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie will hope to continue his goal scoring form when Liverpool visit Old Trafford on SundayGetty

Manchester United welcome arch rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is at 1.30pm GMT. Live TV coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One at 10.30pm GMT.

Overview

Manchester United welcome arch rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford in what is one of the most highly anticipated clashes of the season.

Louis van Gaal's side is one of the form teams of the league after notching up five Premier League wins in a row, and he will hope to continue that run against the Red Devils.

Robin van Persie has rediscovered his touch following a brace against Southampton in their previous fixture and with Wayne Rooney alongside, they will be the main threat to the Merseyside club.

The Dutchman will be without club-record signing Angel di Maria, who is out with a hamstring injury, but will be boosted by the return of defenders Phil Jones and Rafael.

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers believes the game against Manchester United is the perfect place for Liverpool to kick start their season.Getty Images

Liverpool come into the game desperately needing a win to kickstart their season. They are struggling to get positive results and are currently seven points behind United in the ninth place.

Brendan Rodgers has described the game against the Old Trafford club as the perfect platform to start a winning run and has called on his players to focus and get the three points.

The manager will be boosted by the return of Mario Balotelli, and there is no better game than this for the Italian to answer his critics with a top quality performance.

What Managers Say

Louis van Gaal: "As an assistant manager I have Ryan Giggs and he presented the analysis of Liverpool and he did it in a marvellous way. I'm very pleased. It was everything that has been said about this environment. I cannot tell specifically what he said. But I can assure you that it was marvellous and the supporters know that better than."

Brendan Rodgers: "The game against Manchester United is perfect for us and we hope to take confidence and spirit into the game. It's more than a football game - you're representing a city and a group of supporters where there has been a great rivalry over many years. You've just got to find the ways to refocus the minds of the players, forget and learn from the experiences, and look at it as an opportunity to go and get onto a winning run."

Betting Odds (888sport.com)

  • Manchester United to win: 7/9
  • Draw: 27/10
  • Liverpool to win: 15/4

Team News

Manchester United

  • Injured: Daley Blind (knee), Angel Di Maria (hamstring), Luke Shaw (ankle), Chris Smalling (groin)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: De Gea; Jones, Evans, Rojo, Rafael; Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Mata; Rooney, Van Persie

Liverpool

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Mario Balotelli
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Enrique, Lovren, Skrtel, Lucas, Henderson, Lallana, Gerrard, Sterling, Lambert