Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have another short journey to make, with Anfield the destination on Saturday for the tie of the fourth round against a Liverpool team who will have faced Manchester City just three days previously.
Ferguson will hope that the Merseyside outfit are a little jaded after their efforts in that Carling Cup semi-final and the visitors can be backed at an eye-catching 7/4 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to claim victory.
Naturally, the home supporters will provide a cauldron atmosphere for this clash especially considering Luis Suarez is serving an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Patrice Evra in the Premier League encounter between the two teams last autumn.
Although Kenny Dalglish will call for calm heads in the dressing room, we may see the Frenchman given some rough treatment and Liverpool are 17/10 (Stan James bookmaker) to claim victory and move a step closer to Wembley in this competition.
We should expect Dalglish to name his strongest team for the encounter, with Steven Gerrard the player that opened the scoring when the teams met earlier in the campaign and the Reds captain is a 15/2 chance (Paddy Power) to open the scoring in this match.
Coral offer some excellent First Goalscorer odds when it comes to backing a Manchester United player and Wayne Rooney is a best price 6/1 with this firm, while Javier Hernandez might get a rare start and the Mexican is a 13/2 chance to get his team off and running.
We can expect no quarter given and perhaps the best bet for this Saturday lunchtime encounter is Under 2.5 Goals at a shade of odds-on considering that it’s a game that both teams will be afraid of losing.