Two days short of nine months after Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-0 at Anfield the sides meet for the first time since, this time at Old Trafford, and things couldn’t be more different.
In fact it seems that like Tom Hanks in ‘Big’ before them, the fates seem to inflicted a role-reversal on the bitter foes for the 2014/15 campaign.
The most obvious clue that such a process has taken place is the bwin layers’ match-odds assessment
United are 17/20 favourites for maximum reward, while the 12/5 about the draw merely accentuates the size of the 16/5 offered to backers of a Liverpool win.
Yet their role reversal runs far deeper than that.
Take the playing style of the sides, last term United were suffering from a lack of fluency in attack borne out David Moyes attempts to assert his pragmatic doctrine on a talented squad.
Liverpool Meanwhile were a joyfully gung-ho attacking force, with their purists emphasis on ransacking the opposition goal leading to a steady flow of strikes conceded at the other end.
This term it’s Liverpool who have struggled to find the net, scoring more than once in only one of the seven Premier League games since their unlikely victory against Queens Park Rangers.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are yet not the Premier League’s most assured defenders under Louis van Gaal but they have seldom had to be thanks to the potential for moments of genius inherent within their Harlem Globetrotters attack.
Even the form in which the respective sides enter the fixture is a role reversal of their fortunes during the spring of this year.
The Anfield clash came amidst a nine-match Liverpool winning streak, while United had won just two of their previous seven games.
Nine months down the track it’s Van Gaal’s men who go into the match looking for a sixth win in succession, with Liverpool having won just twice in nine outings.