Manchester United vs Liverpool; Capital One Cup Third Round: Open Thread

Five matches remain in the third round of the Capital One Cup tonight, but most of the attention will be focused on Old Trafford where Manchester United play Liverpool in a match where we may see the return of Luis Suarez.

Suarez, who was banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, is playing tonight, with manager Brendan Rodgers wanting to give him some match time.

For Manchester United, meanwhile, they’re still reeling from a 4-1 defeat against Manchester City coupled with the injury blow to striker Robin van Persie. While the momentum is with Liverpool right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a much more spirited and determined performance from United this evening as they battle back to put their stamp on the game.

For viewers in the United States, Manchester United against Liverpool will be shown live on beIN SPORT at 2:45pm ET.

Starting line-ups:

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Buttner, Nani, Jones, Giggs, Kagawa, Rooney, Hernandez

Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Sakho, Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard, Moses, Suarez, Sturridge

Manchester United against Liverpool isn’t the only Capital One Cup game on tonight. The other matches are:

Newcastle United v Leeds United
Tranmere Rovers v Stoke City
Birmingham City v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has decided to field an Arsenal team that will feature mostly youth or reserve players. He’s staying true to his philosophy of trying to give his youngsters valuable match practice instead of putting his best foot forward to try to win a piece of silverware. Hopefully, for Gunners fans, they can balance playing youth players with earning victories in this tournament. West Bromwich Albion fans though may feel their team has a good chance of defeating Arsenal tonight especially with the match being at the Hawthorns.

Starting line-ups:

West Brom: L Daniels, Reid, Dawson, Lugano, Popov, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Sinclair, Berahino, Long

Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Hayden, Arteta, Eisfeld, Ryo, Bendtner, Gnabry

Birmingham: Doyle; Spector, Burn, Robinson; Caddis, Adeyemi, Reilly, Hancox; Burke, Green, Ferguson

Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Amat, Monk, Taylor, Britton, de Guzman, Shelvey, Lamah, Pozuelo, Bony.

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett; Anita, Tiote; Marveaux, Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi; Cisse.

Leeds United: Kenny, Byram, Wootton, Pearce, Warnock, Austin, Mowatt, Tonge, McCormack, Poleon, Smith.

Tranmere: Williams, Hateley, Taylor, Dugdale, Horwood, Atkinson, Power, Rowe, Lowe, Akpa Akpro, Stockton.

Stoke: Sorensen; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Huth, Muniesa; Pennant, Ireland, Palacios, Whelan, Arnautovic; Crouch

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans from around the world in the comments section below.

13 thoughts on “Manchester United vs Liverpool; Capital One Cup Third Round: Open Thread”

  1. Well, anyone doubting Moyes as the heir-apparent to Ferguson has clearly been proven wrong tonight.

    While Fergie brought us the midfield pairing of Ji-Sung Park and Rafael, Moysey is now trying his own hand at worst-decision-ever with Jones and Giggs.

    No worries, it’s only against…Lucas, Gerrard and Henderson. Oh well then.

    I have as much faith in United winning this as I do in the ‘randomness’ of the draw that saw Luis Suarez’s return match played at Old Trafford during Wednesday night primetime TV.

    1. It could be argued that midfield is Phil Jones’s best position, so it’s a good test for him, but it’s perhaps an even bigger test for Giggs to see if he can step up his game.

      It’s certainly an eyeopening formation, though. Looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

      Personally I don’t think it’s such a bad formation.

    1. Who I doing the BeIN commentary? That will determine if I watch my DVR recording or follow the match updates online.

      Please no Ray and The Fatman!


    1. As long as Brendan Rodgers is in charge of Liverpool they will never get anywhere. He is a good talker but is clueless when it comes to tactics and changing things during a game. I predict he will be replaced by January.

      Go win for United and it let’s Moyes breathe a little easier especially since they beat one of their fiercest rivals, even if Liverpool is now a midtable team. Had United lost the fans would have called for his head.

      1. Agreed that BR is a very average manager. By the time the owners fgure it out Liverpool will be even futher off the top teams.

        I expect Sunderland to get a draw or beat Liverpool on Sunday.

        Whatever happened to all that tiki taka BR promised? Everton play better passng football in the short time Martinez has been the manager. Heck, Southampton passed the ball better than Liverpool.

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