Manchester United vs Liverpool - International Champions Cup: Fierce rivals go head-to-head in Miami

Is this a meaningless friendly or a an early indicator for next season?

Will a game between these two ever really be meaningless? England's two most storied clubs meet in Miami to fight it out over the 'International Champions Cup'.

The trophy may be nothing more than a marketing tool for fans in the US but these two will not be shy when they meet each other at Sun Life Stadium.

Liverpool currently own bragging rights after last season's dismal season under David Moyes, but with a new manager United are full of new optimism.

Louis van Gaal has introduced the 3-5-2 that took the Netherlands all the way to the World Cup semi-final and so far it is reaping rewards for Manchester United. They have won all four of their pre-season matches so far, one of those on penalties, turning in highly impressive performances against Real Madrid and Roma, especially.

Ashley Young looks like a new man in a wing back position, while Ander Herrera looks like the answer United fans have been waiting for in central midfield.

Video: Manchester United 3 Liverpool 1 match report

After the despair and misery of life under Moyes, the whole squad looks renewed and ready to really challenge for at least a Champions League spot next season.

Liverpool appear to have taken a step back this summer. The sale of Luis Suarez was always likely to have a major impact on this team, but Brendan Rodgers has faced criticism for the replacements he has elected to bring in.

Much like Spurs attempted to do after losing Gareth Bale, Rodgers appears to be trying to replace Suarez by committee rather than by bringing in a direct, world class replacement; we all know how that went for Andre Villas-Boas. Brendan Rodgers watches training during Liverpool's tour of the United States Liverpool seem to have gone backwards this summer

Despite coming second last season, Liverpool drew a lot of criticism for their lack of defensive discipline and the attacking talents of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Co bailed them out on many occassions - they don't appear to have that this season.

Liverpool have put in a mixed bag of performances so far this pre-season, with wins over Olympiacos, Manchester City and AC Milan, but defeats to Roma and Brondby.

At first glance this is just another meaningless pre-season friendly in a far off land, but scratch beneath the surface and this game could tell us a lot about the Premier League season to come. Daniel Sturridge has overcome his hamstring injury, which was more serious than first thought Daniel Sturridge will be missing from the match

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 1.30am

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 (Gerrard (pen 34, pen 46), Suarez 84), Premier League, March 2014

Manchester United 1 (Hernandez 46) Liverpool 0, League Cup, September 2013

Liverpool 1 (Sturridge 4) Manchester United 0, Premier League, September 2013

ODDS:

Manchester United to win: 11/10

Liverpool to win: 12/5

Draw: 5/2

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH:

England's most storied rivalry... too difficult to choose.

TV: Live on MUTV from 00.30am

Suggested Topics
Life and Style
tech

Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts

News
A Brazilian wandering spider
news

World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas

Life and Style
gaming

I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title

News
Nigel Farage has backed DJ Mike Read's new Ukip song
i100
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
tech

Company decides to go for simply scary after criticising other sites for 'creepy and targeted' advertising

Sport
Mario Balotelli pictured in the win over QPR
footballInternet reacts to miss shocker for Liverpool striker
News
news

Footage shot by a passerby shows moment an ill man was carried out of his burning home

Voices
Sol Campbell near his home in Chelsea
voices
News
i100
News
Kimi the fox cub
newsBurberry under fire from animal rights group - and their star, Kimi
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past