Liverpool vs Manchester United: A tale of two strikers

by Charlie Coffey

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Forget the four points dropped in the last two league games, or ending the run of three games without a win. For Manchester United fans the game against Liverpool on Sunday is about getting revenge for the embarrassing 4-1 loss against their most hated rivals at Old Trafford eighteen months ago. Having been the game myself, I can tell you there’s nothing quite like the pain of being beaten by your archenemy in your own backyard. Last year’s 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture was not enough.

No matter how poor their form has been, in recent seasons Liverpool have managed to raise their game for the biggest game of either team’s Premier League calendar. Players like David N’Gog and Philipp Degen suddenly turned from flops to world-beaters. One player, though, has been the key to both victories, and that is Fernando Torres. On form Torres is unstoppable, and in the past he has embarrassed both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand on the way to scoring crucial goals for his team.

Torres’ form, though, has gone AWOL, as was displayed so clearly at the World Cup. He has scored just once since his well-documented haircut in May, and United will be hoping that his David complex continues on Sunday, although on the evidence of the last two seasons he will probably rediscover his shooting boots and bag a hat-trick.

Once so sleek and full of mysterious contradictions; the slightly feminine young man with the strength to effortlessly out-muscle Vidic whilst finishing expertly; a sort of mix between Bambi and a shire horse, he now resembles a big, dirty teenager tripping over his own feet following a particularly severe growth spurt. Torres must be wishing he still had his flowing golden locks, as seen in this hilarious advert for a hairdresser’s salon:

If Torres is struggling then so is Wayne Rooney, although this may be down to prostitutes rather than haircuts. Why Colleen has agreed to take her world-famous, multi-millionaire husband on the back of whom she has managed to launch a media career with no perceivable talent back after these latest revelations is anyone’s guess. But she has, although the events in the Lowry Hotel still seem to be playing on the poor lad’s mind. Either that or he wishes he had gone for two better-looking girls given the money he spent and temperature of the water his little flings have landed him in.

If either of the talented young strikers are going to shake themselves out of their recent malaise any time soon, this fixture is the perfect time to do it. Having said that, such is the extent of their recent decline that the bookmaker William Hill are offering odd of 5/4 that neither will score. The head-to-head in the creative stakes will be between the quick brain of Paul Scholes, who at 35 has been in his best form for at least a couple of seasons, and the quick feet of Joe Cole, who scored his first Liverpool goal last night.

Manchester United, with home advantage, two days more rest and having dropped most of their first-choice eleven for the game against Rangers on Tuesday, should be favourites for this game. But then that was case before both of the previous two matches between the teams at Old Trafford, and we all know what happened there.

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  • sunday musa

    liverpool ar wining by 2 to 1

  • Tim

    0-0 bore draw, 2 poor teams slugging it out for a Sunday afternoon snoozefest

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