The History Behind the Liverpool Manchester United Rivalry

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The Manchester United Liverpool rivalry is one of the oldest and most famous rivalries in football history. It sprouted in the industrial times when both cities were dominating for supremacy of the North West (in England). Liverpool was an important port city and Manchester was important because of it’s manufacturing prowess. Then in 1894 the Manchester Ship Canal was built. It allowed ships to bypass Liverpool and transport goods directly into Manchester. The ship canal meant Liverpool merchants made less money, which resulted in job losses at the port. That is where the two cities started disliking each other. Their inter-city rivalry carried over to football. Why it is such a big rivalry is due to the two clubs’ huge success. Between the two of them they have won 121 honors (62 for Man U and 59 for Liverpool). Liverpool and Manchester United have met 192 times. Liverpool has won 64, Manchester United has won 76, and there have been 51 draws. However, not only are the two clubs rivals, but there are also player rivalries. For example, Wayne Rooney, Man U’s center attacking mid and, sometimes, striker, grew up in Liverpool as an Everton fan (Everton is another huge rival of Liverpool), so it makes since for him to hate the Reds. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool’s center mid, took a film crew on a tour of his house. When he came to his collection of football jerseys he had swapped with opposing players at the end of matches (that is a tradition, but not everyone does it) he pointed out that he didn’t have any Manchester United jerseys and said that he never would. Manchester United and Liverpool are two of the biggest clubs in the world, both with great histories, and each will probably continue to be successful in the future. We look forward to this  rivalry being very important fixture for years to come.


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