It has been a low-key start by Manchester United. Time is on their side, but it would be irksome to Sir Alex Ferguson if Chelsea's four-point lead over them was extended this weekend. Liverpool come to Old Trafford happy with the 4-1 victory over Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League, particularly since Jamie Carragher, Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and others did not take part. Roy Hodgson's side, whose last league match was the goalless draw away to Birmingham, should be fresh and awkward opponents. Kevin McCarra

Venue Old Trafford Tickets Sold out Last season Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1 Referee H Webb

This season's matches 1 Y3, R0, 4.00 cards per game

Odds Manchester United 8-11 Liverpool 9-2 Draw 13-5

Manchester UnitedSubs from Kuszczak, Brown, J Evans, Rafael, Gibson, Obertan, Park, Neville, Hernández, Smalling, De Laet, Fabio, Owen, Anderson, Macheda, Bebé

Doubtful None

Injured Carrick (heel, Oct), Valencia (leg, Feb-April), Hargreaves (knee, unknown)

Suspended None Form guide DWDW

Disciplinary record Y6 R0

Leading scorer Berbatov 3

LiverpoolSubs from Jones, Ngog, Meireles, Pacheco, Agger, Lucas, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Wilson, Spearing, Shelvey, Kelly

Doubtful None

Injured Aurélio (achilles, 25 Sep), Kuyt (shoulder, Oct),

Suspended None

Form guide DWLD

Disciplinary record Y2 R1

Leading scorer Ngog, Torres 1

Match pointers? Three of the last four games between these teams have seen the scorer of the first goal go on to lose the game

? Liverpool have won one of their last 11 league away games and failed to score in the last three

? Only one of the last 20 league meetings between these has ended as a draw

? Fernando Torres has scored in his last three league games against United

? Nemanja Vidic has been sent off three times against Liverpool in the league - more than any player versus a single opponent in this division