Liverpool have lost vital midfield attribute to combat Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United
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The Brazilian has been instrumental in his performance and consistency during the centre-back crisis, but his midfield skill-set will be badly missed on Sunday.
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Throughout the 1990's, Alex Ferguson only had one plan when it came to Liverpool: Stopping Steve McManaman. At the turn of the century, that player's name had shifted to Steven Gerrard, but for different reasons. Gerrard was a Trojan Horse for Liverpool, a player who couldn't be allowed a sighter from anything within 40 yards of goal. The more desperately Liverpool needed their captain, the more he delivered.

McManaman is a more curious tale into the psyche of the Scot. A player free roaming, mercurial and an instigator of attacks. He was every inch a number ten who operated between the lines, finding his spaces at exactly the right time to penetrate and destroy. Ferguson knew if he was allowed to find a game he loved against United, they would inevitably struggle.

The modern day comparisons between both clubs offer varied nostalgia around switches of roles from then to now. United are…
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