A rejuvenated Manchester United take on a title-challenging Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday in what’s easily the pick of this weekend’s Premier League action. With just three wins in their last eight matches, Jurgen Klopp’s men are going to need to find some form to defeat Paul Pogba & Co. here.
It’s arguably the biggest derby rivalry in English football and it dates back years and years and years. In that time there have been some incredible matches, some ridiculous goals and some unforgettable incidents. All of which combine to tell a story of a never-ending dogfight which the world has utterly relished.
Here are some of the more outstanding and impressive figures, statistics and facts from 125 years of Liverpool vs. Manchester United…
The 28th April 1894 saw Liverpool take on ‘Newton Heath’, the team that would go on to become Manchester United. It was the first time they had played each other. It would not be the last…
Liverpool won that match 2-0. Since then the two giants of football have met a further 229 times. He’s how it all stacks up so far:
United wins: 88
Liverpool wins: 76
Who’s scored the most goals in the Liverpool vs Man United derby? Well, it’s a good question. One that brings up some interesting names. One huge figure of English sport you’ll recognise and a couple of faces you’ll likely not recognise…
There are three men with nine goals scored in this fixture. The first is a chap called George Wall who played 287 for United in the first two decades of the 20th century. The second is Sandy Turnbull, a Soctsman who also turned out for the Old Trafford club well over 200 times in the same era.
But in modern times? There’s only one king… Stevie G. Steven Gerrard also netted nine times against his hometown club’s deadly rivals.
Take a bow, son!
When it comes to the highest number of appearances in this high profile fixture, again, there’s only one name… Arguably the Premier League’s all-time greatest ever player, Mr. Ryan Giggs.
Giggsy was only two appearances shy of a half centuries of matches played against Liverpool, featuring in some 48 games. In those, he scored 5 goals and notched 8 assists.
Looking back through history, the largest tonking in this fixture happened way back when. On the 12th of October 1895 (during the 1895–96 Second Division season), Liverpool smashed the then-named Newton Heath 7-1.
In the modern era, the heaviest defeat came on April 5th 2003 when Sir Alex Ferguson’s men routed The Reds 4-0, with two goals from Rudd van Nistelrooy and a goal each from Ryan Giggs (one of his five) and the now-United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Despite what younger football fans might think, in terms of honours, these two elite sides are actually pretty well matched. Liverpool may not have won a Premier League title as yet, but they’ve won almost as many leagues as United over time. And a similar number of other titles…
Here’s how they stack up:
Overall (including Super Cups, Community Shields, etc.)
Players to have played for both sides
Incredibly, the last time a player transferred between these two clubs was Phil Chisnall back in 1964. Since then, only a handful of players have turned out for both: Paul Ince, Peter Beardsley, Michael Owen and, well, that’s it!
For more on all the players to have played for both United and Liverpool, check out our blog on the subject here.
The two clubs last met on December 16th 2018, with Liverpool coming out victors. Jose Mourinho’s men had frustrated Liverpool for most of the game and at 1-1 with 20 minutes left, things looked to be heading for a stalemate. Until Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to make a huge impact and net twice. It ended 3-1, with Jesse Lingard’s 33rd equaliser eventually counting for nothing.
As we’ve shown here, it’s always tricky to split these two teams. Liverpool are having the better season, but United are in superior form. It’s at Old Trafford and Solskjaer’s charges aren’t going to let Liverpool run roughshod over them. Can they do their Manchester rivals City a favour and beat their Merseyside foes…? We’re not so sure. Not with Virgil van Dijk back from his suspension.
We expect plenty of action and two positive teams playing to score and win. With an amount of cancelling each other out going on. That’s right, we’ll sitting firmly on the fence and predicting a draw. A ‘both teams to score’ score draw. 1-1 is available at 11/2 if you fancy a little bet. That’s our pick.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool kicks off at 2.05pm on Sunday. Join us down at your nearest Rileys to catch all the action and maybe fit a few games of pool or darts in around the game. See you down there.