Some games are special. Too engraved in our thoughts and entrenched in our soul that no matter how high or low are the stakes, we just can't belittle our passion because as they say bragging rights don't come cheap, the sweat, pain and the hustling are the cost for that priceless intangible thing.
It's the Red-derby or the North-west derby, and it's Manchester United vs Liverpool- England's answer to the El Clasico.
Jose Mourinho has already started his mind games after he labeled the match as just another game. But he can't befool us. Because we are the loyal fans who have been following football since we were toddlers and couldn't differentiate between a globe and a football. we are not the part of the breed who was born either in 2003 or 2008 or 2012 when Chelsea, Manchester City, and PSG started to claim to be the biggest football clubs on the planet.
So we know how important this fixture is and we don't need Mourinho to enlighten us about this.
Talking about the game, Manchester United will head into this match on the back of two fantastic results which took us back in time when Alex Ferguson's team used to score late goals, and snatched late wins.
Jesse Lingard scored a late header against Chelsea to send the Old Trafford faithful into raptures while the win against Crystal Palace was certainly a script out of Alex Ferguson's successful career.
So United have all the confidence they need to make the life difficult for their visitors and as we know Mourinho has always something up his sleeve for the big matches. so expect a dogfight on the Old Trafford pitch.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have shown the other side of their game in recent months. Though they are still seen as a team who win matches by outscoring their opponents, Reds have improved in defense since Van Dijk traveled to the Merseyside from the South-coast. Loris Karius' good form is also the reason why Liverpool managed to keep five clean sheets in their last six games.
Form (Last Five)-
Manchester United- L W D W W
Liverpool- W W W W D
Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Daley Blind will all sit out the match. While Paul Pogba injured himself in the training and is racing against the time to be match fit.
But long-term absentee Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, and Marouane Fellaini are expected to feature in the match.
Jordan Henderson has trained after suffering a dead leg in the Champions League clash against Porto while Gini Wijnaldum (Illness) has been declared fit to feature, but we are expecting him to be on the bench only. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should come back into the side after being rested against Porto in the week.
Take a look at some statistics-
1. Manchester United have an upper hand in this fixture as the Red Devils have won 67 and suffered defeats in 55 matches against their esteemed opponents. While 47 games have been ended in draws.
2. Liverpool have suffered more defeats against Manchester United than they have against any other opponent in the Premier League.
3. Romelu Lukaku is just one goal away from scoring a century of goals. If he scores against Liverpool, he will be the 5th youngest footballer to achieve this feat.
4. Only Merseyside derby (21) has seen more red cards than the fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool- 16 in total.
5. Nemanja Vidic is the dirtiest player in this fixture as he has been shown the red card a record four times. While Jamie Carragher has been cautioned a record 10 times in this fixture.
6. With nine goals to his name, Steven Gerrard has scored the most goals in this North-west derby.
Considering Manchester United are playing at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho's no-nonsense tactics in the big games, Red Devils are certainly the favorites in the match. However, Liverpool have scored the most goals on the road this season and they are the entertainers, so betting against the Reds may cost you some bucks.