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The Tale of Two Cities – Liverpool v Manchester United
Just 56km separates the English north-west cities of Liverpool and Manchester yet the intense football rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is way beyond a simple ‘Tale of two Cities’.
The English football giants are two of the most widely backed clubs in the game globally and not many fixtures have the potential to divide families and friends along club lines like this one.
Since capturing the Europa League title last season, Jose’ Mourinho’s side has made no secret of their desire to reclaim Premier League glory for the first time since 2013 and have made a massive statement already.
The Red Devils are on an unbeaten streak of 10 games in all competitions and finding the net with regularity, but have yet to face a genuine test against a team in the top half of the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, by contrast, is breathing hot and cold. Anfield hasn’t exactly been an ally either in recent league meetings between the two Premier League giants and one would have to track back to the 2013/14 season to trace a victory over United at Anfield.
Potential Game Changers:
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane’, Jordan Henderson.
Man Utd: Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nemanya Matic’, Marouane Fellaini.
Interesting Facts: Liverpool vs Manchester United:
The Liverpool-Manchester United rivalry is also known as the North-West Derby.
It is considered to be one of the biggest rivalries in the football world along with the Old Firm derby in Scotland (Celtic v Rangers), Superclasico in Argentina (Boca Juniors v River Plate), El Clasico in Spain (Real Madrid v Barcelona) and the Derby della Madonnina in Italy (AC Milan v Inter Milan).
The rivalry is even considered by media and fans alike, to supersede that of the traditional local derbies like Manchester United v Manchester City and Liverpool v Everton.
The two clubs are the most successful English teams in both domestic and European competitions.
Between them, the two clubs have won 38 league titles, eight European Cups (now known as the UEFA Champions League), four UEFA Cups (now Europa League), one Europa League, four UEFA Super Cups, 19 FA Cups, 13 English League Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and 36 FA Community Shields (formerly known as the Charity Shield).
Head to Head:
Competition Man Utd wins Draws Liverpool wins
League 67 47 55
FA Cup 9 4 4
League Cup 2 0 3
Europa League 1 1 1
Other 1 3 2
Total 80 55 65
2016/17 – 1-1, 0-0.
2015/16 – Liverpool 0 - Man Utd 1, Man Utd 3 - Liverpool 1.
2014/15 – Liverpool 1 - Man Utd 2, Man Utd 3 - Liverpool 1.
2013/14 – Man Utd 3 - Liverpool 0, Liverpool 3 - Man Utd 0
2012/13 – Liverpool 1 - Man Utd 0, Man Utd 2 - Liverpool 1
Champions League (Round of 16 2015/16)
Man Utd 1 - Liverpool 1, Liverpool 2 - Man Utd 0
2013 – Man Utd 1 Liverpool 0
2012 – Liverpool 2 - Man Utd 1
2011 – Man Utd 1 - Liverpool 0
Statistics: MUFC, LFC.
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By Trevor Cramer