One of the first fixtures everyone looks for in the Premier League is Manchester United taking on Liverpool. They are old rivals and in recent years, they are both fighting for the same trophies each season.
Both have had domination of English football at one time of another, but there's been periods of struggle too. Manchester United haven't won the Premier League since 2013, while its a trophy that has always eluded Liverpool.
Things are looking up for both teams right now though. Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp are building exciting teams and perhaps this season, at least one major trophy can be one. Focusing on the Premier League this weekend, there are five points between the teams.
After an explosive start to the campaign, Liverpool are in 2nd and the nearest rivals to top of the table Chelsea right now. Manchester United then sit in sixth, but there six successive wins mean they have some positive momentum.
There will be a certain amount of frustration that they haven't closed the gap on the top four teams more considerably, but the fact they can go two points behind Liverpool on Sunday is big motivation for the home side.
At Old Trafford, they are the 11/10 favourites with bet365
. You have to go back to the 10th September for their last defeat in front of their home fans and there's definitely a good feeling about the place. There will be a fantastic atmosphere for this one, that's for sure.
While Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have got many of the headlines, Michael Carrick is perhaps the most important player for the Red Devils. He makes this team tick and they haven't lost with him in the team this season.
Perhaps his battle with Liverpool's midfield will be key on Sunday. The away side - 12/5 with bet365
- like to hit teams on the counter attack and they'll look to close down Carrick whenever possible. Klopp won't want the experienced midfielder to dictate things.
Talking of key players though, Liverpool are without a few. Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho are all out and this does limit their attacking options. There will now be more emphasis on Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino, a duo more than capable of hurting Manchester United.
Overall this is an intriguing battle in so many ways. Both teams are playing well, both teams have big-name players and both managers will be keen to set the benchmark for their Premier League season in 2017.
You have to go back to 2014 for the last time Liverpool won this fixture and we think the wait will continue. However, they will play their part in an entertaining contest and come away with a crucial point.