5 individual battles that define the Liverpool vs Manchester United rivalry in the Premier League era
Liverpool vs Manchester United is a rivalry that is not easy to explain but these five individual battles define it to an extent.
Liverpool vs Manchester United is a rivalry that extends beyond football and if one single rivalry could sum up English football, it is this one.
Today, it is one of the most watched across any sport with an estimated 700 million viewers. When Liverpool take on Manchester United, it is more than just a game.
The teams are spearheaded by two top managers who have faced each other several times as managers of different clubs. Last season, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho faced each other for the first time as managers of Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.
Both fixtures ended in a stalemate with just two goals scored overall. However, things could be different this time around and both teams will do all they can to secure all three points.
An intense rivalry between Klopp and Mourinho could stem from this fixture and it could be one that could define the derby in the years to come just like these five individual battles that defined the Liverpool vs Manchester United rivalry in the Premier League era.
Jamie Carragher vs Gary Neville
Jamie Carragher’s and Gary Neville’s on-field rivalry has now become a kind of bromance after they retired from professional football.
Carragher and Neville were two local lads from Merseyside and Manchester respectively who embodied everything the rivalry stood for and it goes without saying that they absolutely hate each other’s club.
In January 2006, Neville celebrated Rio Ferdinand’s injury-time winner at the end of the second half by running to the visiting Liverpool fans at Old Trafford.This didn’t go down with Carragher who criticized his compatriot for his actions and Neville was also blamed by the media and police for post-match disturbances between the fans.
Today, such passion and enthusiasm from local lads of the respective cities are lacking in matches.
Carragher and Neville now host Monday Night Football for Sky Sports together and they have proved to be a great punditry pair. However, the banter between the pair still goes on.