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Sunday, 14 December 2014

How things change in football

On March 16 2014 Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford emphasising their title credentials and ending any hopes David Moyes’ side had of making it into the top4 in a game that proved to be one of the final nails in the David Moyes coffin.

Football however, is a strange game and nine months later the result has flipped on its head, today Liverpool lost 3-0 at Old Trafford, a 6 goal swing from the previous encounter and a sign of how quickly things have changed for both these sides.

In those five months both squads and setups have changed drastically, in last seasons fixture the third goal was scored by none other than Luis Suarez who know as we all know plays for Barcelona, Sturridge who also played in that fixture is injured and Gerrard who scored 2 penalties that day is a shadow of the confident player we saw last year.

Manchester United have had some major changes themselves David Moyes is long gone and Louis Van Gaal is in the managerial position, their 150 million summer spend has seen a big squad change since the last encounter and they are much better for it.

While the win last season showed Liverpool were a great force in England and capable of winning the league, Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently in 9th and having embarrassed United back in March they were well and truly embarrassed today at the hand of Van Gaal’s side.

Things may have regressed  badly for Liverpool but United are on the up and while the defeat last season was another blow to a campaign that saw them finish 7th , they are now in 3rd having won six games in a row and are now only 8 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Not only have they pretty much swapped places but the SAS partnership which was the best Premier League strike partnership of the 13/14 season is no more and may well have been replaced this season by United’s frontman. They boast the goal-scoring ability of Falcao, Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, an irresistible force when in form as they currently are with both Van Persie and Rooney getting on the score sheet in today’s win.

Moyes was the high profile sacking of last season with Manchester United and only a few months after being accredited with the manager of the year award Brendan Rodgers may be running out of time at the helm of Liverpool football club. Just like Moyes last season he seems out of his depth and unable to find a winning formula, like United; Liverpool do not like to sack managers but may be left with no option should this abysmal form continue.

How things change in football, Liverpool have regressed back to the standard of Rodgers’ first season while United have bounced back from their horror season last campaign to become title challengers.