Blockbuster Super Sunday
There are omens to look out for on either side in the first clash of the day. Manchester United haven’t won at Anfield since 2007. While Liverpool have had their worst start to a season since 1911. Their last draw against Sunderland confirming that harsh reality.
Liverpool sit just above the relegation zone, while Manchester United, aside from a shaky game against Everton on Monday night football, have had their usual capable start to the season.
So as United chase their first victory at Anfield in years, a victory the form book suggests they are more than capable of - though obviously this is football and trying to predict its mysterious outcomes is a fool’s errand - more serious matters have been in the forefront of Liverpool fan’s thoughts.
Recent news about Hillsborough has been disturbing and revelatory. Everton’s Monday night game against Newcastle displayed a great deal of sensitivity in their pre-match tribute to the 96. Merseyside was united.
But as sections of the Man United crowd continue to shout derogatory chants, despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s pleas for restraint; fan behaviour and the legacy of Hillsborough will be the main issue of the day when these teams meet.
And more grist for the mill of the Liverpool soap opera comes our way on Friday as Being Liverpool makes it’s UK TV debut. Most of the revelations have made the papers by now. But it’s clear that the documentary has set a precedent in access to a Premier League club.
Third and fourth clash in the late Super Sunday game. Arsenal sit third on goal difference with City just below. City won this fixture 1-0 last season, but there is a sense going into this game that Arsenal should give them more of a challenge. With new signing Cazorla having settled in quickly to the Arsenal system. Or more accurately, with Arsenal having settled in quickly to Cazorla’s system. The Spanish playmaker is a touch of class.
Man City meanwhile come off a loss to Real Madrid. But it was always the domestic stuff that offered less of a challenge to Roberto Mancini’s men.
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