The English Derby, Liverpool up against Manchester United

Liverpool will play against Manchester United at Anfield on matchday 8 of the English Premier League on 17 October. When Liverpool and Manchester United meets, the game is classified as the derby of England. These two clubs are the most successful clubs in England and have a lot of history tied to them as far as English football is concerned. The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United has more to it than a normal football game on the field.

The English Derby, Liverpool up against Manchester United

History of the derby

The cities of Liverpool and Manchester are located in the north west of England, 35 miles apart. Since the industrial revolution there has been a consistent theme of rivalry between the two cities based around economic and industrial competition. Manchester through to the 18th century was the far more populous city, and held a position of significance and notability as representative of the north. By the late 18th century Liverpool had grown as a major sea port – critical to the growth and success of the northern cotton mills.

Over the next century Liverpool grew to supersede Manchester and throughout the late 19th and early 20th century was often described as the British Empire’s second city. The links between the two cities were strengthened with the construction of the Bridgewater Canal, Mersey and Irwell Navigation and Liverpool and Manchester Railway for the transport of raw materials inland.

The construction of the Manchester Ship Canal, funded by Manchester merchants, was opposed by Liverpool politicians and bred resentment between the two cities. Tension between working class Liverpool Dockers and laborers in Manchester was heightened after its completion in 1894, just 3 months prior to the first meeting between Liverpool & Newton Heath in a relegation deciding play-off that would eventually see Newton Heath relegated.

Today the crests of both the city of Manchester and Manchester United include stylized ships representing the Manchester Ship Canal and reflect Manchester’s trade roots. The ship is also included on the crest of many other Mancunian institutions such as Manchester City Council and rivals Manchester City F.C.

Post war shifts in economic ties, reliance on regional coal, and shifts in transatlantic trade patterns caused by the growth of Asian labor markets caused the gradual decline of British manufacturing. Where the city of Liverpool suffered the loss of its primary source of income to southern port cities, Manchester maintained some of its manufacturing heritage. This reversal of fortune happened against the backdrop of shifting political backgrounds and significant events in British culture and society between 1960 and 2000.

The two cities continue to be strong regional rivals, vying for influence of surrounding areas. Their continued importance to the UK economy has been reflected with the awarding of the 2002 Commonwealth Games to Manchester, while Liverpool was awarded the title of 2008 European Capital of Culture as part of its ongoing regeneration.

More recent projects by Peel Ports have sought to re-establish the economic links between the Port of Liverpool and Port of Manchester, including re-developing trade links via the Manchester Ship Canal.

Match Facts
•   Liverpool have lost more Premier League matches (27) against Manchester United than versus any other opponent. Indeed, Liverpool have lost each of their last four PL meetings with Man Utd, their worst league losing streak against the Red Devils since March 2008 (five defeats).

Steven Gerrard

  • Only Steven Gerrard (8) has scored more goals in this Premier League fixture than Wayne Rooney (6, level with Robbie Fowler).
  • Wayne Rooney currently has 87 Premier League away goals, the joint-most in the competition alongside Alan Shearer.The English Derby, Liverpool up against Manchester United

Head to Head:

The English Derby, Liverpool up against Manchester United
These two giants have met 162 times in the Premier league with Manchester gaining the upper hand with 65 wins and 44 draws. On the other hand, at Anfield there have being 81 encounters with Liverpool winning 37 and United winning 25 with the rest ending in a draw. This fixture is massive and promises a lot of cards. Liverpool’s biggest home win against Manchester United was in 1925-26 Division one season where Liverpool scored Manchester United by five goals to nothing. Manchester United also defeated Liverpool by 4-1 in the 1969-70 Division One season which is the biggest away victory for Manchester United. Last season Manchester United won both home and away against Liverpool. In the last 10 visits Manchester United have made to Liverpool, they have won 5, drawn 1 and lost 4.
José Mourinho has never won a game against Jurgen Klopp in 5 meetings, Jurgen Klopp has won 3 drawn 1 and Mourinho have won one. Last season in the premier league, Mourinho lost at home against Liverpool as Chelsea boss.

Manchester United don’t often win games at Anfield despite the fact that United have won 5 games out of their last 10 premier league visits. The most common score line at Anfield in games between Liverpool and Manchester United is 2-0 win in favor of Liverpool. Liverpool’s weaknesses coming into this game are avoiding offside and avoiding individual errors while United on the other hand have difficulty in defending counter attacks, avoiding fouling in dangerous areas, protecting the lead and defending serial duels. In all Manchester United have the tendency of winning the game at Anfield with 3-2 against Liverpool or the game can end it a 2-2 draw because Liverpool will scorer and Manchester United must win.