Liverpool vs. Manchester United: FA Cup Team News, Preview

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIJanuary 25, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (R) gestures as Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 15, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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This Saturday, January 28th, Liverpool and Manchester United will meet for the second time this season with a place in the FA Cup fifth round up for grabs.

Much controversy surrounded the game when these two teams last met in October, but the game itself was a 1-1 tie. Steven Gerrard and Javier Hernandez provided the goals as Manchester United came from behind to take one point.

While Liverpool has to get through the second leg of the semifinal against Manchester City today, Manchester United will have time to rest and prepare.

The game will be held at Anfield, where the Reds are undefeated in the league with four wins and seven draws, which is a good sign for the Merseyside club.

That being said, form is thrown out of the window in big knockout games like this. One can expect a great battle between these rivals.


Liverpool Team News

Liverpool will be without striker Luis Suarez, who is in the midst of his eight-match ban. After their loss to Bolton over the weekend, the team now face tough competition from both Manchester clubs in a matter of days.

For the most part, the team is fully fit. Barring any unfortunate incidents today, they should be able to put a very strong squad out against Manchester United.


Manchester United Team News

According to, Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan has said that Phil Jones faces a race to be cleared fit for this weekend's game.

That may be the only possible boost for the team, as a number of other players—Nani, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young, Anderson and others—are all either injury doubts or certainties to miss the game.

Manchester United did prove their depth with a win over Arsenal on Sunday and manager Sir Alex Ferguson will certainly be able to put out a very competitive side.