Manchester United vs Liverpool & Tottenham vs Arsenal, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

Today’s Super Sunday matches between Manchester United and Liverpool as well as Tottenham Hotspur versus Arsenal provide an opportunity to earn bragging rights. League positions matter today, but winning a local derby is often more important than anything else.

As usual, we have an open thread available today for you — the readers — to comment about the game. But there’s one big difference. We welcome Johnathan Starling back to World Soccer Talk, where he’ll be doing a live online chat (featuring audio) from 9:20am ET onwards right here:

Feel free to interact directly with Johnathan by clicking in the above chat box and then taking 30 seconds to sign up via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. If you’d like to appear on-air with Johnathan to ask him a question or vent about your team (or anything else soccer-related to today), let Johnathan know in the above chat and he may bring you on-air.

Meanwhile, here’s today’s TV/Internet schedule for soccer fans in the US:

Manchester United vs Liverpool, 9:30am, NBCSN
Spurs vs Arsenal, Noon, NBCSN

Starting line-ups:

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Fellaini, Carrick, Januzaj; Rooney, van Persie
Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Cleverley, Kagawa, Valencia, Young, Welbeck

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge
Subs: Jones, Sakho, Cissokho, Lucas, Coutinho, Moses, Aspas

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

Have a wonderful Sunday.

63 thoughts on “Manchester United vs Liverpool & Tottenham vs Arsenal, Gameweek 30: Open Thread”

      1. I don’t see Howard falling into that mold at all. Far more understated and actually does provide good even if terse tactical perspective.

      2. He sounds like he has some sort of speech impediment – so monotone it hurts my ears.

        Arlo White totally looked like he elbowed his way into the Gary Lineker discussion.

    1. Howard brings absolutely NOTHING to the broadcast… He detracting from it Steve Bower to his credit is carrying this game… Too bad he doesn’t have and a good color commentary second…

      Wtf is Howard going on about… Totally clueless


  1. Howard obviously knows the game but his rhythm and tone is not ready for prime time. I don’t mind him doing the odd match but NBC shouldn’t have had him on a match of this caliber.

    1. I think you can compare Howard to Michael Owen on BT Sport. Both would be okay/good pundits but they are not suited to the commentary analyst role.

  2. Rafa your a twat. Congrats to Pool you guys deservedly lead.
    What I don’t get from Moyes is that we aren’t pressing at Home with the season on the line and Pool are pressing us and this game is less important to them. Pathetic meek display from a small time manager. We look like boys against men.Some of you can blame the players all you want but it’s the manager that instills the mentalityvin the team and sets up the tactics.

  3. I’m loving these reaction shoots of Moyes, he couldn’t look more confused. And as my above question indicates he clearly is.

  4. Thank you nbc screw up the Utd/Pool match with Howard and the Spurs Arsenal match with arlo. They could have grouped them together so they only screw up one match.

  5. Someone needs to tell Howard this is not an MLS broadcast.. He keeps talking over Steve Bower..Steve is doing a good job I trying to keep Howard in check.. But Christ he can’t SHUT UP


  6. Have no fear Welbeck’s here!

    With him in the starting line-up England is guaranteed at least a semi-final in the World Cup thus summer…what a misunderstanding of a player…

    And…a 3rd penalty…LOL!!!

    Not all’s bad for United, they got past the 40 point mark, they are safe this season!

    Not to take away from Liverpool’s win, but I am think Chesterfield or Layton Orient would have won against this Manure side.

  7. That $hit needs to be reviewed and Sturridge needs to miss the next match.that is the only way to end the diving in the box.That is the biggest black mark on the modern game.

  8. It wasn’t a dive. Our defenders are just being stupid and putting in reckless tackles all over the place. So careless.

  9. Look at the United supporters leave! Love it! I want that moment and Fergies sad face forever frozen in time.

  10. It’s fortress Old Trafford the only problem it is a French fortress and they surrender.What a awful performance from Utd. Well played Pool did not know they had that kind of pace,maybe Utd just that slow.

      1. True i guess. But I’m not one to celebrate when a team loses…Usually only when my team wins. I’m I out of the ordinary?

  11. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Fergie speaks with Moyes after this display. I can imagine it will contain enough profanity to make a sailor or Bobby Knight blush.

  12. I think all United fans are pulling for Chelsea and Arsenal so come on!!!
    Fantastic stuff from Pool but I have to say this it isn’t a dig at Pool but a compliment of to how good they really are. They weren’t that great today the SAS and co. It speaks volumes that they didnt half to push past 1st gear to beat a United side putting out all it’s effort. It was like an Older brother holding his little brothers head as the little brother punches at him wildly and repeatedly by to no avail. Sad state of affairs really but from an outside perspective it must make great comedy. The Moyes is a Football Genius sign was spot on. Once again congrats on the 3 points Liverpool and for having such a great season.

  13. What a statement by Liverpool. Dominated from start to finish. They may just do it this season.

    Moyes is 90 minutes from the sack. Another pathetic effort against Olympiakos and he is gone. Hanging by a thread.

  14. Great weekend. The title race is wide open and it’s a real dogfight at the bottom. Hard to predict who will finish where at this stage.

  15. Watching Utd’s season is torture…can’t wait for it to end. The problem now is the CL for next year is done. The few players who will be around next season, have all but given up. I see at least 3 more losses to come and a huge supporter backlash for (The Poison One) David Moyes.

    1. 2 unforced pens was the nail in the coffin. Suarez scored when we were reduced to 10 men after the diver Sturridge went down with no contact. Hopefully, United will let this loss fester over the summer and come back stronger. They have played all year with the foot off the accelerator cept for players like Jones and Rafael who actually made the novice errors. GGMU!

  16. Terrific weekend with 4 teams now in a fight for the title. Has that ever happened this late in the season before?

    More twists and turns to come, long may it continue. I hope this season never ends. It’s been entertaining so far.

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