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Evra and Suarez: Old Trafford's main characters on Saturday
And of course, we wouldn’t have a complete list if we left out the Evra-Suarez duel.
The confrontation and controversy between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez has become emblematic of the fierce Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry, and will certainly fan the flames between the home and away crowds even further.
Long established as United’s best choice at left-back, Evra has seen his not-so-immaculate positional awareness exposed by clever running from Premier League forwards, not least in the buildup to Dirk Kuyt’s last-gasp FA Cup winner at Anfield just a few weeks ago.
Luis Suarez will provide trickery in abundance, and he has claimed that the expected abuse from the home crowd will spur him on even further. But will his tendency to embroil himself in the center of unwanted attention cause him to provoke his opposite number again?
Or will he reprise his destruction of the United defence in March 2011?
This is a battle that will take place both on and off the pitch—and it all starts with the pre-match handshake, or lack thereof, between the main characters of Suarezgate.
Join me for a live commentary on The Red Armchair, where I will be hosting a live matchday chat during the United-Liverpool game this Saturday. The match begins at 12:45pm GMT; hope to have your company during what will be a fiery encounter.