Manchester United vs Liverpool: 5 current rivals who were former teammates
Liverpool and Manchester United are the fiercest of rivals, with both clubs willing to do anything to derail each other's seasons. This season, the Reds are fighting for the Premier League title and with a trip to Old Trafford looming on Sunday, this could be the most significant game between the pair in a decade or so.
United have had an incredible resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning almost every game they have played since the managerial swap. It was against Liverpool when Jose Mourinho managed his final game before getting sacked, giving a little more meaning to this match as if it didn't already have it in abundance.
The players of both clubs will be hard in battle on the pitch, fighting for every ball and giving everything to come out victorious in this titanic clash. However, there have been quite a few instances where today's rivals were yesterday's friends. Many pairs of players from Liverpool and Manchester United were teammates at different clubs earlier.
It is fascinating to see the different types of teams some of these players had in common. Here are five pairs of current rivals who played together at some time in the past.
#5. Fabinho and Anthony Martial (AS Monaco)
AS Monaco are struggling in Ligue 1 at the moment, but it was just a few years ago when they were dominating France and having a real go in Europe. They had a solid team filled with great players, some of them who are currently lighting up the world stage.
Two of them include current Premier League stars. Anthony Martial and Fabinho were teammates at Monaco for a couple of years, from 2013 to 2015. The Brazilian was merely on loan at the French club at that time.
Martial joined Manchester United on transfer deadline day for £36 million, a questionable fee at the time but one that has been completely justified. The Frenchman scored a blinding solo goal on his debut against (you guessed it) Liverpool and became a key player at Old Trafford in the next couple of years. Fabinho stayed at Monaco until last summer, when he moved to Anfield for a similar fee. He has been doing pretty well for Liverpool so far and is one of the first names on the Klopp's team sheet now.