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United will be hoping to continue their winning ways against LiverpoolReuters

Manchester United come face to face with bitter rivals Liverpool as both sides look to improve their current position in the Premier League.

After a disastrous start to the 2014/15 campaign, where they had to wait until the fourth fixture to register their first win, Louis van Gaal's side have been in decent form of late, recording five straight wins in the Premier League since their defeat to Manchester City in early November.

This recent run of good form have seen them rise to third in the Premier League for a first time this season even though they are 11 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Although van Gaal admits he would like to be in Chelsea or Manchester City place, the Dutchman said he is currently taking one match at a time, and is focusing on beating Liverpool.

"I dream for Manchester City's place or Chelsea's place but now we have to live match to match and that is the most important thing," van Gaal told the MUTV. "We have to beat Liverpool, which is more important than thinking about City or Chelsea."

Although Liverpool have been very disappointing in the Premier League and other competitions this season, van Gaal feels that the Reds can still challenge for a Champions League spot.

"I still think Liverpool can fight for the top four places and still I have belief in that team because they have fantastic players but they also have a lot of injuries which is not so easy to manage."

The Reds will probably be looking to just that this season considering their title hopes have already been extinguished.

Liverpool are currently nowhere near the form they were in last season, where they nearly clinched the Premier League title.

The departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the constant injury problems of Daniel Sturridge seem to have hit them hard as they are currently struggling to beat small teams, the likes of whom they would have crushed last season.

Considering their recent run of form, Liverpool are certainly not the favourites against their old rivals, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers insists that they will be looking to get a positive result at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"The game against Manchester United is perfect for us and we hope to take confidence and spirit into the game," Rodgers told ESPN.

"You have to be [determined] when you're at a club this size. The expectancy is what you want. We're very much focused on improving that performance level. We know that we can do that - we can put a run of results together that can keep us climbing."

Although the Reds were heavily criticised following their elimination from the Champions League, Rodgers insists that the morale in their camp is not running low, and they are looking to bounce back against Liverpool.

"One thing that we've always had here has been the spirit in the camp," he added. "No matter what the outside influences, what is spoken and written about, we've always retained that strong mentality and the focus is very much back on getting ourselves sorted for the weekend. It was vital we could not dwell on the disappointment for too long."

Where to Watch Live

The match is set for a 1:30pm GMT (7pm IST, 8:30am ET) start with live coverage on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 1. The action can also be watched via live streaming online in India on Star Sports online.

Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD will show the match live in the UK , and viewers can also watch the match via live streaming online on  Sky Sports Online Listen to the game via radio on BBC Radio 5 Live or on their website. Catch the action in the US on TV on NBC Sports, while the game can also be Live Streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.

Audience in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the game via live streaming online on Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do live stream the match on SuperSport online. Australia viewers can live stream the match Fox Sports On Demand, while viewers in Canada can do the same Watch Sportsnet.