One of the fiercest rivalries in European football returns as Liverpool make the short journey to Manchester to face Man Utd. It’s a game that the world will be watching.
With 121 honours between them, the clubs are comfortably the most successful in England with these games so often proving decisive at the top of the table.
Liverpool’s domestic exploits throughout the 1970’s and 80’s were somewhat overshadowed by Manchester United’s dominance throughout the Premier League era. However, since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from the United dugout, there is a sense that the tables may well be about to turn again.
Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford last season could prove pivotal in this change, but Man Utd fans will hope that it was merely a minor blip in what was a poor campaign for then boss David Moyes.
Will Louis van Gaal reassert Manchester United as the front runner in this fixture or is it time for the men from Merseyside to take over their mantle. Whichever way you think it will go, back your choice with Sportingbet and receive the insurance of a risk free bet of up to £50.
Seeing as this is a derby fixture, it could prove naïve to read too much into the formbook. Games like this tend to rise above your every day Premier League games with the victor taking home a lot more than just three points.
Derbies require a different set of skills and a strong character. Liverpool have a tendency to upset the apple cart and their record at Old Trafford since the turn of the century is one any away side would be envious of.
They have recorded five wins in fourteen attempts including a 4-1 victory in 2009 and their 3-0 win last season.
Steven Gerrard scored in both of these games and he is just one player who has been absorbed by the intensity of this rivalry.
During a tour of his home, Gerrard showed a film crew a collection of shirts he had swapped with opposing players. He made a point of mentioning that there were no Manchester United shirts among these, claiming he would never let one inside of his house.
Meanwhile Gerrard’s opposing captain Wayne Rooney, who was a product of the Everton academy, has previously described how he grew up hating Liverpool.
This then, is not one for the feint hearted, and fans can expect a full blooded affair between two sides that simply hate to lose to one another.
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