Michael Carrick believes Manchester United can open the door to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title by slaying their recent Liverpool jinx.
Liverpool have won the last three meetings with their biggest rivals, and despite struggling this season, will travel to Old Trafford on Sunday buoyed by memories of how they took United apart in a 4-1 win at the Theatre of Dreams last season. Buoyed as well from trouncing Lille 3-0 on Thursday to qualify for the Europe League quarterfinals.
Rafael Benitez’s side need to take something from the match as they battle Tottenham, Manchester City and Aston Villa for the final Champions League qualifying spot.
United expect to have veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs available following his recovery from a broken arm but South Korean star Park Ji-Sung will expect to retain a starting role following some sparkling performances.
Chelsea hope to bounce back
Chelsea will seek to bounce back from their Champions League exit at the hands of Inter Milan when they travel to Blackburn on Sunday.
Tuesday’s home defeat by an Inter side managed by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will take some digesting, but Didier Drogba insists it will only fuel Chelsea’s determination to reclaim a trophy Chelsea last claimed in 2006, Mourinho’s last full season in charge. “We are disappointed but we have to come back stronger because the league is going to be a big battle,” the Ivory Coast striker said.