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.
Manchester United vs Liverpool combined XI
Manchester United vs Liverpool combined XI
1/10 GK: David De Gea
He hasn't even played this season, but De Gea goes straight into our side ahead of United team-mate Sergio Romero and Liverpool's Simon Mignolet. With the transfer window closed and his proposed move to Real Madrid over for now, Van Gaal is expected to bring the Spain international back into the fold and there's no question he's the best goalkeeper of the lot.
2/10 RB: Matteo Darmian
Arguably the toughest dilemma of the lot comes at right-back, with Darmian and Nathaniel Clyne both impressing so far this term. The nod goes to the United defender by a whisker based on how quickly the Italian has managed to resolve what has been a problem position for United for some time.
3/10 CB: Chris Smalling
For all the speculation over Manchester United signing a centre-back during the summer, Smalling has shown that the need for reinforcements isn't as great as some feared. The England international has been consistent and appears to be growing in confidence all the time. It means there's no place for Dejan Lovren, who in contrast appears to be regressing from the player Liverpool spent £20m to sign.
4/10 CB: Martin Skrtel
Thankfully for Liverpool, Skrtel has looked good this term, and beats Daley Blind to the other centre-back berth. United's Dutch midfielder/defender/full-back is still new to the central position.
5/10 LB: Luke Shaw
Joe Gomez has made an unexpectedly impressive start to his Anfield career, with the 18-year-old playing in every game since joining from Charlton. But Shaw has begun to show why Manchester United were willing to take such a huge gamble on a teenager, being solid defensively and a threat going forward.
6/10 M: Bastian Schweinsteiger
The World Cup winner is beginning to show why, despite concerns over his fitness, he's been among the best midfielders in Europe over recent years. With Michael Carrick injured, he'll be wanting to impress during a potential run in the starting line-up. He beats Adam Lallana to a place, with the Liverpool midfielder also only starting two games so far this term.
7/10 M: Morgan Schneiderlin
The former Southampton player has impressed in the centre of the park with his passing and ability to disrupt the opposition. James Milner, one of only two Liverpool midfielders to start every match this term is yet to set the world alight following his free transfer from Manchester City.
8/10 M: Memphis Depay
The young Netherlands international looks to be showing more ability and growing in confidence with each match and his recent European double offered a glimpse of the big future the summer signing could have at Old Trafford. It means there is no place for Roberto Firmino, one of Liverpool's big summer signings.
9/10 ST: Wayne Rooney
Rooney is still to score in four Premier League games, but his two-in-two for England and hat-trick in Europe indicates the striker is hitting form. However, he only makes it into the side because Coutinho, who has been Liverpool's best player so far this season, is suspended for Saturday's game.
10/10 ST: Christian Benteke
Joining Rooney in attack is Benteke. With just the one goal to his name the former Aston Villa player hasn't exactly been prolific, but he has been causing opposing defences a headache, particularly in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal. With Daniel Sturridge still out, Benteke will hope to begin writing himself into Anfield folklore with a goal at Old Trafford.
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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