Dubbed the North West derby, Liverpool vs. Manchester United is the utter definition of show of reigning supremacy and prowess. You know how other leagues have their own rivalries like El clasico in Spain, Old Firm Derby in Scotland and Derby della Madonnina in Italy, well Liverpool vs. Manchester United is England’s rivalry. The geographic positioning of the two teams in the North West England makes them to be sworn enemies as each side tries to outdo each other. It is the most attended match in the league with fans from both sides.
The Liverpool vs. Manchester United rivalry began way back when they had their first encounter in 28 April 1894 Ever since it has proven to be a battle of wits and bravado as the winning team automatically earns the bragging rights for the region. Some of the Liverpool vs. Manchester United match has ended in chaos as the fans end up in fist fights. Some of the scheduled matches in the past had to be withdrawn or rescheduled due to the tension brought by the fans. But we can’t deny the beauty in the game that has been brought as each team tries to bring their A-game to the pitch.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United game history
Both teams are the biggest earning and supported teams not only in the Premier League but also in the world. The rivalry between the teams is brought about the proximity between the teams and the economic and industrial dominance and success in Europe. The rivalry dates back to the days of industrial revolution when Manchester was gaining dominance in a manufacturing base while Liverpool served as a port.
When Manchester opened the Ship Canal, this brought the hatred to a new level as the rivalry blew out of proportion since the canal allowed ships to sail directly into Manchester therefore foregoing the port of Liverpool completely leading to the downfall of Liverpool as a city. Even though the manufacturing prominence in the North came to a standstill and both cities were affected badly, there was still no time to bury the hatchet as the two sides took the hatred to the football pitch.
Liverpool dominated in the 70’s and 80’s. However, in the beginning of the early 90’s Manchester took their game to a new level as they wrestled for their bragging rights from Anfield to Old Trafford. A true depiction of the hatred is that there has never been a transfer from both sides of the teams ever in history since 1964. This was when Phil Chisnal made his transfer from Liverpool to Manchester.
Manchester United was fortunate in the 1950’s, headed by Matt Busby as they won two consecutive league titles. Unfortunately, the Munich air disaster claimed the lives of eight of their top players. The two teams continued trading titles back and forth in the 1960’s. This included a strong competition as Manchester United side led with seven head-to-head league wins to Liverpool who had six league titles. Manchester accomplished a milestone by winning the 1968 European title.
In the period 1968-1990 Liverpool were the kings of the match as they won 11 league titles and 4 European crowns. It was an historic moment during the FA Cup final in 1977 when Manchester pulled off a 2-1 win over Liverpool. However, later on in 1983, Liverpool snatched the dreams of Manchester of winning the League Cup final through Ronnie Whelan glorious curler. In 1984 when new coach Sir Alex Fergusson stepped foot in Old Trafford, Liverpool pulled a shocking 3-0 defeat to earn the League title.
Eric Cantona, in 1995 sealed off his penalty to secure his team with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool. During the FA Cup Final, it was Eric Cantona later goal that sealed the deal and sent Liverpool home packing. In 1999, Liverpool had fell victim in the FA Cup as they overturned a 1-0 lead to send the Reds packing. Also Michael Owen scored to beat Manchester in the League Cup Final. Manchester kept dominating Liverpool until 2009 when Manchester was sent home following a 4-1 defeat by Liverpool courtesy of Steven Gerrard.
However, Liverpool still edge united on total honors, 44 to 42. In Liverpool vs. Manchester United head to head matches, United have 77 wins while Liverpool have 64 wins. Hooliganism has always rampant in the matches to the point where fans throw foreign objects in the pitch and even name calling of players. Another incident that is fresh in our minds is the saga between former United’s defender Evra and current Barcelona’s striker Louis Suarez.
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Liverpool vs. Manchester United trophies
Despite the love lost between the two clubs, they are the most successful clubs in the Premier League and European competitions, between them they have won 38 league titles, 8 European cups, 4 UEFA Cups, 19 FA Cups, 13 League Cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 36 FA Community Shields. Liverpool vs. Manchester United premier league hunt is still on since it is almost close to a decade when the team last won the title.
As both clubs fight for supremacy, United are in the lead with 20 league titles against Liverpool who are closely behind with 18 league titles. In terms of European championships, Liverpool are ahead with 5 European cups with Manchester United are trailing behind with 3 European cups. Leged Steven Gerard has been at the pinnacle of Liverpool success where he led his team to the Old Trafford and won 13 times, drew 2 times and lost 19 times. He holds the record for top scorer in the North West Derby with George Wall and Sandy Turnbull.
The most interesting fact about the two terms in terms of their trophies is that currently the overall split between them is 58 trophies each. So, the competition is still on with no team being more successful than the other. But Liverpool could be on their way on evening the odds especially on their exemplary performance at the UEFA Champions League where they edged out Premier League giants Manchester City. They now face an uphill battle against the remaining teams including AS Roma, winner between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United Premier League results
In the last Liverpool vs. Manchester United match, the Red Devils won 2-1. According to the statistics of the game however Liverpool was the likelihood to win. The controlled the entire game with 68% possession. They also had the most chances with 14 shots and two were on target. But in the beginning of the match, they had a weak defense which saw Marcus Rashford find the back of the net two times. However, they solidified their defense and Manchester United was incapable of passing through the defense wall.
Predictions for Liverpool vs. Manchester United
Liverpool has a formidable forward especially with the highest scoring EPL player Mohamed Salah, finisher Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Also they have a strong defense with players like Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Robertson and Trent. There midfield players are well experienced with players like Emre Can, Oxlade Chamberlain, Henderson and Widjalanum.
The same goes for Manchester United but they have many forward players in the team that some end up getting overshadowed by others. This comes after signing former Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez to the team. His move has affected the positioning of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford who end up on the bench despite being good players. The striking force of Lukaku is impressive off late but experiences dry spells in some matches. The rest of the team is solid with stars like Juan Mata, Fellaini, Lingard, Darmian, Matic, Luke Shaw and Sergio Romero.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United Stats
Liverpool had played 997 matches in all seasons. They have managed to win 498 matches and lost 245 matches. The total number of goals scored is 1,618 while they have conceded 1,023 goals. They also have 371 clean sheets. In their entire history of playing football they have garnered 1,260 yellow cards, 56 red cards, 999 fouls and 1,086 off sides. Currently their top scorer is Mohamed Salah Ghaly who has scored 31 goals in the Premier League. He is followed by Roberto Firmino andSadio Mane.
Manchester United has played 996 matches with 627 wins and 155 losses. They have also managed to score 1,912 goals and conceded 873 goals. They have 435 clean sheets. They have collected 1,395 red cards, 62 red cards, 1,115 fouls and 1,086 off sides. They current highest scorer is Romelu Lukaku with 16 goals followed by Anthony Martial and Jesses Lingard with 9 and 8 goals respectively. Paul Pogba lead with 10 assists followed by Romelu Lukaku with 7 assists. Former player Ryan Giggs leads in term of appearances with 632 followed by Rooney.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United past results
In Liverpool and Manchester United 2018 match, the team played to a goalless draw in an entertaining and anticipated match at Anfield. The results of Liverpool and Manchester United match had given Liverpool the upper hand due to their home advantage and previous wins in previous matches in the Premier League. But Manchester United had David De Gea to thank for the excellent goalkeeping. He denied an astounding strike from Matip and also denied Mohamed Salah from the rebound.
Also, Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet was at his best form saving an equalizer from Lukaku after a one-touch move between him and Martial. The draw saw Manchester United go to the top of the draw before Manchester City with Liverpool heading back to position seventh. However they managed to climb into the top four later in the season.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United major trophies
Manchester United began their winning career with a top flight title way back in 1908, when they went on to win the title again after a few years in 1911 but had to wait for 41 years for another title. During the Mat Busby era they went ahead to win the title four times in his reign. After the era of Matt Busby was over, the team struggled to secure a spot at the finals for the title until they were relegated to the Second Division. Under the Second Division they were able to claim the title for a second time in their history in 1975.
With two second division titles the team was set to compete for the top titles especially after the arrival of Alex Fergusson. After four years of his arrival, he laid his hands on his first trophy in 1990 (FA Cup). He also led the team to seven wins in his first top flight title. He became the winner of the newly branded Premiership which was later transformed to Premier League. He dominated the rest of the league lifting the title 8 times in the first 11 seasons.
They went further to claim five titles to bring the club to a record breaking tally of 20 top flight successes which surpassed the record of Liverpool which was at 18. Upon the departure of Fergusson in 2013, the team has struggled to maintain its form and high expectations of the fans. The team shares the record of most FA Cup wins with Arsenal and has 12 wins under the title. They also hold the record in the Community Shield.
Liverpool on the other hand, has enjoyed a huge deal of success and trophies in the last 25 years. They have a total tally of 18 top flight successes. Although Manchester United took their record away they still won the title when their rivals had only seven league titles to their name. They acquired they first league victory in 1901. In the period 1970-1980 and 1976-1986 the Reds won eight league championships. In addition to their 18 first division titles are four second division titles.
Their most recent trophy win is in 2012, they also hold the record in the League Cup with 8 wins. They have lifted the FA Cup in 7 occasions. They won the European cup 4 times after a 7 year dry spell between 1977 and 1984. They have also lifted the WEFA Cup on three occasions, twice in the early 70’s and most recent in 2001. The win motivated them to take on Bayern Munich and win at the European Super Cup.