New Anfield boss begins reign with trip to Old Trafford.
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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will checks on the fitness of strike Wayne Rooney (ankle) and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (flu).
Paul Scholes (groin) and John O’Shea (calf) are both out but new arrival, keeper Anders Lindegaard, is available.
Liverpool, with Kenny Dalglish in charge instead of Roy Hodgson, replace Sotirios Kyrgiakos with Daniel Agger.
Dirk Kuyt could be recalled, which would mean Joe Cole or Maxi Rodriguez missing out. (BBC Sport)
Kenny Dalglish takes charge of Liverpool once again as they look to start a fresh era now that Roy Hodgson has left the club and the Scottish legend has the task of geeing up the troops ahead of a huge match against arch rivals Manchester United.
Oddly enough the last meeting of the two sides was one of Hodgson’s better days as his side showed guts and determination to fight their way back from two goals down to lose to a late Dimitar Berbatov strike. Dalglish knows that the reason for Liverpool’s sharp decline was not solely down to their former manager but had a great deal to do with too many players not giving their all on a week to week basis.
Sir Alex Ferguson goes into this game sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League and may well play a slightly weakened side as he looks to give squad players a run out in what should be an enthralling FA Cup encounter.
Highlights of previous FA Cup meetings between the two sides.
Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool 1996 FA Cup Final
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool 1977 FA Cup Final
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United 2006 FA Cup Quarter Final
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool FA Cup 4th Round 1999
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool 1985 FA Cup Semi Final Replay
COS Prediction: 2-1 to Man United
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