Mists of time, part thy curtain! You have to be in your early 30s or older to remember an age when Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson wasn’t running through his repertoire of ferocious gestures on the sideline of a Manchester United game.
The great leader may have retired to spend his time ordering his plants around the garden, but like an eternal flame, the anger has been securely passed on to the next generation, in the safe hands and bulging eyes of David William Moyes.
Liverpool aren’t too short of fire-based emotions themselves – 23 years of being denied the trophy they considered theirs by right can generate volcanic resentment in a proud tribe.
While you try and decide which of the two teams is Westeros, which is Essos and which player most closely compares to the eunuch Master of Whisperers, why not mark this historic – nay mythical – occasion, by opening an account and having a free bet HERE.
Setting the tarot cards aside for a moment though, what to do with that free bet?
Tradition says that both teams score in this fixture, with just a single clean sheet in their last 10 league meetings. You can get both teams to score at 8/13.
If you think this is the occasion on which fate’s great pendulum starts to swing against United, then an in-form Daniel Sturridge to score and Liverpool to win wincast at 10/3 could be the way to go.
Our own reading of the tea leaves, however, suggests the rivals will proceed with great caution, and will be more concerned with guarding their territory than unbuckling the spellbook.
Liverpool’s two wins so far have been by the narrowest margin, and United lacked penetration at home to Chelsea, so this modest shack’s pots and pans will all be going on the scoreless draw at 9/1 – raw horse heart all round!
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.