Liverpool v Manchester United: A look at the historic rivalry between the two top Premier League giants

Let's look at the Liverpool and Manchester United rivalry, one of the oldest rivalries of English and world football, how a battle that started as First division survival became 'El Classico' of the Premier League as they face yet another match this evening against each other.

Liverpool vs Man United

Let’s look at the Liverpool and Manchester United rivalry, one of the oldest rivalries of English and world football. It is actually a battle that started as first division survival and went on to become the ‘El Classico’ of the Premier League.

The Liverpool F.C.–Manchester United rivalry is a high-profile rivalry between English professional football clubs Manchester United and Liverpool FC. The rivalry has been fuelled by their physical proximity to each other that they represent, their historic economic and industrial rivalry, Bullish periods of domestic footballing dominance, and European success.

It is considered the biggest fixture in English football and one of the biggest and fiercest rivalries in world football. Players, fans, and the media consider the fixture between the two clubs to be their biggest rivalry, above even their local derbies, with Everton and Manchester City.

The clubs can leverage their laurels at the thinnest of margins with United for their 20 league titles to Liverpool’s 19 and Liverpool for being European champions six times to United’s three. Manchester United lead in terms of total trophies won, with 66 to Liverpool’s 65.

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Liverpool vs Manchester United: Head to Head

Though if we talk about head-to-head records Manchester United lead by a heavy margin,  with 81 wins to Liverpool’s 69; the remaining 58 matches have finished as draws. The clubs share 67 major domestic trophies; Liverpool has 18 League titles, seven FA Cups, and eight League Cups, while Manchester United just edges the trophy haul with 19 League titles, 11 FA Cups, and four League Cups.

Liverpool v Manchester United: The rivalry off the field

The staggering passion involved in a football match between Manchester United and the Reds is symbolic of over two centuries of inter-city contention, spanning back to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Manchester’s merchants, outraged by the high import charges levied by the Port of Liverpool, built the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894 to bring raw materials directly to their cotton mills.

This was a direct challenge to Liverpool’s position as the world’s pre-eminent port, and Manchester pushed on to become the global hub of the textile industry. Economically and culturally, Manchester overtook Liverpool, and since then, the Merseyside city has never regained the advantage.

Liverpool v Manchester United: It’s high stakes at Anfield

The Reds are currently sitting second on the Premier League table with the slimmest of margins of barely a point to Manchester City are all in for Premier League glory. They need a perfect record in the remaining matchdays, meaning that a win against Manchester United is essential.

The Red Devils, on the other hand, have high hopes for a Champions League spot next season after a hattrick hero inspired 3-2 win against Norwich City last Saturday

The reds have high odds for sure but no reason to be complacent, and Man United have to work together if they wanna fetch a convincing result out of this fixture, which will prove why it is and will forever be a classic,

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