Liverpool are hopeful Fernando Torres will return from a thigh injury after missing their last two matches. Glen Johnson is fit again after a groin problem, but Steven Gerrard is still struggling to recover from one of his own. Albert Riera (hamstring) is also a doubt, while Alberto Aquilani will not be rushed into a debut despite running out for the reserves earlier in the week.
Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for United's trip to Anfield as he struggles to recover from a calf injury that has ruled him out for club and country over the past 10 days. Darren Fletcher (foot) is also a doubt, while Park Ji-sung will definitely not feature. The good news for Alex Ferguson is that Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs are both fit after they did not travel to Moscow in midweek