Today sees Manchester United take on Liverpool for the 44th time in the history of the Premier League.
Liverpool head to Old Trafford as many fans and journalists favourites today – something that has very, very happened in the past.
Indeed, Manchester United hold a very dominant record over their rivals. Here are the previous 43 fixtures between the two sides:
Manchester United have won 23 of the past 43 meetings. The Red Devils have only beaten Everton (30) and Tottenham (29) on more occasions in the Premier League than they have beaten the Reds.
Liverpool have won 12 of those previous fixtures and 8 have resulted in a draw.
Daniel Sturridge’s winner at Anfield earlier this season means that Liverpool today have the opportunity to do the double over United for the fourth time in the Premier League.
The first time Liverpool accomplished this feat was back in 2000-01 under the stewardship of Gérard Houllier. However, Manchester United still went on to win the Premier League title that season.
Fortunes improved for Liverpool the following season as they did the double over Manchester Untied once again. This time they went on to finish above their arch-rivals but still failed to win the Premier League – finishing runners-up to Arsenal.
Even after finishing that second Liverpool failed to kick on, and now in the 22nd season of the Premier League, the Merseyside club have still yet to win the Premier League.
With an 11-point lead over Manchester United heading into the final 10 games of the season, Liverpool are looking set to finish above Manchester United for only the second time in 22 Premier League seasons.
This being the worst season ever in Manchester United’s Premier League history – set to finish outside of the top 3 for the first time and with their lowest-ever points tally.
Still, whilst Liverpool can enjoy a second finish above Manchester United, the Red Devils have 13 Premier League titles in their back pocket compared to Liverpool’s 0. And it’s usually Liverpool fans who talk to me about history…