Both teams made plenty of changes to their teams for the midweek European matches in an effort to rest their star players for the biggest game of the season so far at Old Trafford today .
Liverpool will certainly restore Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to their starting line up and Joe Cole will return from domestic suspension . Dirk Kuyt and Fabio Aurelio are still injured for the Reds who desperately need to kick start their season .
Liverpool won this match 4-1 only two seasons ago but that was when Torres was at his peak and Liverpool had a far stronger squad . Last season Liverpool finished 22 points behind United and there is now a substantial gulf in class between the two teams .
Wayne Rooney will lead the line for United today alongside Dimitar Berbatov and expect to see Paul Scholes running the midfield assisted by Darren Fletcher with Nani and Giggs on either flank .
United manager Alex Ferguson knows the critical importance of this fixture to Manchester United fans :” It is the fixture, no doubt about that , historically it’s always been that way” .
Torres does not score many goals away from home and in fact has hit the net only once away from home in the Premier League in 2010 .
Manchester United are 6/5 with Totesport to keep a clean sheet which is great value and 7/4 with Paddy Power to win to nil .
Old Trafford should be packed out for the game which kicks off at 1.30pm and is live on Sky Sports 1