Manchester United vs Liverpool: Daley Blind could struggle against Christian Benteke

FANS' VIEW: Supporters of the sides involved at Old Trafford this weekend offer their thoughts

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Ahead of the Premier League meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford this weekend, we caught up with a couple of fans for their take on the match...

Manchester United Fan - Matt Gault

This is our first game after what was a fairly exhausting climactic week in the transfer window and the time for Louis van Gaal to prove the sceptics wrong. United's start to the season has been far from disastrous, but the performance against Swansea was disappointing and there is no better game to bounce back and show some character than against Liverpool.

In the defeat to Swansea, Daley Blind struggled against the physicality and power of Bafetimbi Gomis and if Van Gaal chooses to deploy him at centre-half again, he will face a similar task in stopping Christian Benteke.

Naturally, there will be heavy pressure on Anthony Martial considering his price tag, but eyes will also be firmly fixed on England's record-breaking goalscorer Wayne Rooney, who has looked horribly out of sorts in the Premier League of late. It'll be tight, but I'm going for a 2-1 United win.

 

Liverpool Fan - Yemi Abiade

Liverpool's embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to West Ham nearly a fortnight ago left Red fans very concerned about the nature of our start to our season. Seven points from the first three games of the campaign and a credible performance away to Arsenal suggested Brendan Rodgers' side had made the improvement it needed.

But a disjointed showing against the Hammers, where the team was out-thought and out-played, indicated that last season's disappointments haven't been completely vanquished.

Bouncing back to winning ways against Manchester United on Saturday will be the perfect response from Rodgers' side. But the task will be difficult given the suspension of Philippe Coutinho, currently our only real creative outlet.

Perhaps Roberto Firmino can be shifted to his favoured position in the centre, behind Christian Benteke, to allow him to weave some magic. It will be needed away at United, but I see us narrowly losing 2-1.

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