Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford this weekend and Dean Smith of Top10bet.com takes a look at why games between these two clubs are the biggest in the Premier League.
When Rio Ferdinand scored a last minute winner against Liverpool for Manchester United back in 2006, his team-mate Gary Neville was so elated that he couldn’t help himself from running towards the away section of the crowd, tugging at his shirt and gesturing towards the visiting supporters.
When a TV documentary crew filming in Steven Gerrard’s house were shown a room full of shirts that the Liverpool legend had swapped with players in his time, they were told that none of the shirts were Manchester United ones because he “wouldn’t have one in the house.”
From last minute winners at the Kop end to kissed cameras via handshake refusals and a supporter rivalry considered one of the strongest in the world, Manchester United versus Liverpool simply has to be the most important fixture in Premier League history.
It even transcends beyond football. It’s perhaps even etched into the tribalism of the two cities. Of course, Everton and Manchester City also share this to some extent, but for the majority of their history, Liverpool and Manchester United have been the two main clubs from their respective cities.
And these are two cities with one of the longest-standing rivalries around stretching back to the late 19th century and the building of the Manchester ship canal. Musical rivalry, sporting rivalry, and a genuine desire to get one up on the opposition exist in the inhabitants of both cities.
What’s more, the two clubs share the most amount of titles in English football. Although the likes of Chelsea, Leeds United and Arsenal compete from time to time, these are the two heaviest of heavyweights, often battling it out for the top spot – even if neither of them are expected to get there this season.
United, at the moment, have the upper hand. They relatively recently knocked Liverpool “off their perch” as Sir Alex Ferguson put it and the Red Devils also beat their rivals to a place in this season’s Champions League by finishing higher last season.
What’s more, Louis van Gaal’s men overcame Liverpool both home and away last season, with Juan Mata’s brace at Anfield in a 2-1 victory considered a season-defining moment for the Red Devils. But rest assured that the Reds’ players will have revenge firmly in their thoughts for this fixture.
So what can we expect this weekend at Old Trafford? Well, despite United’s struggles in attack recently, we fancy them to find the net in this game. Memphis Depay desperately needs his first Premier League goal, new signing Anthony Martial could feature and skipper Wayne Rooney will be feeling a little more confident after breaking the all-time goal-scoring record for England on Tuesday night.
But the visitors have a few attacking talents of their own. Coutinho will be hoping to pull the strings in the attacking midfield positions and players like Christian Benteke and Danny Ings – who scored at Old Trafford for Burnley last season – will pose a threat to the home team’s backline.
Put simply, goals are in order in Manchester this weekend and you can cash in with a bonus bet from Ladbrokes of up to £50. Great enhancement odds are available on both teams to score, as well as a host of other price boosts on either team to win and other markets from the game.
Whatever happens, we’re set for more drama, more passion and more excitement from the biggest game in the Premier League.