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MANCHESTER UNITED VS LIVERPOOL – STILL THE BIGGEST RIVALRY IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL ?

A rivalry between two of the brightest stars in the English football galaxy, separated by a mere 30 miles. A rivalry of the ideologies, economics, cultures and pretty much everything that separates the two cities. A rivalry where careers are made and destroyed. It is in fact more than a rivalry, ablood feud with high octane intensity.
Yes this is Manchester United vs Liverpool, where history is written by the day, only to be eclipsed by the night. On Sunday, United and Liverpool renew hostilities as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s red – hot team host Jurgen Klopp’s charges.

But is it still the biggest rivalry in English football ?

Liverpool dominated English football during the 1970s and 1980s , claiming the league title eleven times and the European cup on four occasions during that period. Manchester United , however, dominated the 1990s and 2000s ,winning the Premier league title record 13 times, two Champions leagues, including the prestigious treble in 1999.

When United won a record – breaking 19th league title, their legendary Manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous comment provides more perspective to this debate.


“My greatest challenge was is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f**king perch. And you can print that”

But with Liverpool still ahead in terms of European glory ,the fight for the much –glorified position atop the perch has never been moreintense.

This Rivalry has seen a lot form the players involved as well.
From Steven Gerrard  Kissing the camera, to former United Striker Wayne Rooney describing how he grew up abhorring the Reds, and Gary Neville’s passionate celebration in front of the Liverpool supporters , this Rivalry has seen it all in recent past.
But the most recent episode of this ferocious rivalry happened when former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was alleged to have racially abused ex- Man Utd defender Patrice Evra in the 2011-12 season. As a consequence, Suarez was banned foreight matches.
And following his return , Suarez had to play United at Old Trafford and the Uruguayan refused to shake Evra’s hand before the match. United won the match much to the delight of Evra and the fans, and as expected Evra celebrated infront of the supporters and made Suarez feel it.

Supporters and Hooliganism :


The two clubs might be the most supported in the world, but matches between them have seen several incidences of hooliganism.
An unidentified Liverpool fan spat at Man Utd legend Eric Cantona and threw a punch at former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the 1996 FA Cup final at Wembley as the Red devils walked to collect the trophy.
In 2016, in a second leg Europa league match at Old Trafford , there were crowd disturbances at the stadium – Liverpool supporters ripped seats and fought with United Fans.It was later reported that a Reds fan sneaked a Liverpool banner into the United section causing fury among United Fans.

As the next chapter of this Historical rivalry is about to be written on Sunday, what do we expect ? Goals? Red Cards? Stalemates ?
And is it still worthy to be mentioned as the biggest rivalry of English football ?

Three goalkeepers that could replace De Gea at Man United?

I think I speak for the large majority of football fans when I say that David De Gea is one of the best keepers in world football if not the best. Since signing for Manchester United in 2011 De Gea has made 328 appearances and has cemented his place as Spains number one.

The one thing that De Gea hasn’t had since in recent times at United is a good defence and it may seem that the Spaniard is keen for a move away from Old Trafford. With his contract running out at the end of the season and clubs like PSG circling to snap up his services De Gea could be persuaded to make the move.

 

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho even admitted that De Gea could be on the move. Mourinho said: “I am not confident. I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.

 

“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United .

 

“If the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”

 

With this in mind we have shortlisted three goalkeepers that United should go for if De Gea leaves.

 

Jan Oblak

 

Could Manchester United go back to the same club where they picked up De Gea from? They definitely should as the Slovenian goalkeeper has made a name for himself after keeping an incredible 99 clean sheets in 176 appearances. Granted it would be easier to keep a clean sheet with Godin in front of you than Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Should Jose go in for Oblak he wouldn’t come cheap but surely he would be worth the money?

 

Keylor Navas

 

Our next keeper is Costa Ricas number one and Real Madrid shot stopper Keylor Navas. In the summer Madrid brought in former Chelsea’s keeper Thibaut Courtois to take up the number one spot but Navas has proved a problem for the management team at Madrid who can’t pick between the two. Navas is a quality keeper who could provide some cover in the sticks should De Gea leave. The down side to Navas is in the fact of his age at 31 years of age is value won’t go up and his form could start to decline and also he just isn’t at De Gea’s level.

 

Jordan Pickford

 

England’s hero from the World Cup Jordan Pickford could be the man to fill the sticks at Old Trafford for the long term. The 24 year old keeper has established himself as both Everton and England number one after a string of brilliant performances. The main part of Pickfords game is his distribution, he could pick Lukaku out anywhere on the pitch whether he could control it is another question. Pickford would be have a heavy price tag but he will surely get much better as the years go on.

 

Should De Gea leave Old Trafford? Who would you get to replace him? Let us know in the comments section below.

Combined Man United and Chelsea XI

Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford this Sunday, in what could be a major game in the race for second place, we detail the combined XI of both Premier League giants.

GK David De Gea- One of the easier decisions of the combined XI, David De Gea is in most peoples view the best keeper in the world, and has been for the past few years. With no real weakness in his game, De Gea has vindicated the idea that to be a top team, you must have a top keeper.

RB Antonio Valencia- Valencia has been able to transition from an out and out winger, to one of the best fullbacks in the country seamlessly. The 32 year old is enjoying the best season of his career since becoming a defender, and is competent both defensively and going forward.

CB Cesar Azpilicueta- Spanish defender Azpilicueta has proven over the last few years that he can play and excel in any defensive position across the back four. A model of consistency for both club and country, he can genuinely stake a claim to being the best defender in the Premier League and the most versatile.

CB Phil Jones- Jones has had a tough time with injuries over his united career, and as a result has never really had an extended spell in the team with a consistent centre back partner. This season he has found top form in a defence that have conceded the least goals in the division, and he will be aiming to get into Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup.

LB Marcos Alonso- Marcos Alonso is one of the most underrated players in the top flight, able to defend as well as contribute with goals and assists at the other end of the pitch. 13 goals over the past season and a half with Chelsea is a brilliant return for a left back, and his free kick ability has been used as a potent weapon for Chelsea.

CM Paul Pogba- On his day one of the best players in the world, his early season form had United fans excited that their £90 Million man was finally coming good. But after injuries and suspension stopped his momentum, Pogba has not been able to show the same form, and has even been dropped in recent weeks. But without question deserves a place in this team.

CM Nemanja Matic- Matic does the jobs nobody notices, and as a result doesn’t receive the same attention as the flair players. But without Matic, United would not be second in the league, and after his replacement at Chelsea has so far failed to impress, the decision to let Matic go seems a poor one. In the first half of the season Matic allowed Pogba to roam freely and steal all the headlines, but while Pogba’s form has dipped, Matic remains as consistent as ever.

CM N’Golo Kante- Everybody is well aware of what Kante brings to a team, his non stop work rate and tireless running has not gone unnoticed over the best two seasons. Kante very rarely has a bad game and is as consistent as they come, two Premier League titles in his first two seasons in England highlights his importance. He also has a knack of scoring against United, netting twice against them last season.

LW Eden Hazard- Sometimes deployed as a false nine but most comfortable on the left, Hazard is on course for his best goal scoring season in a Chelsea shirt this term. Now is the time for Hazard to move to the next level and become one of the best players in the world, something he is more than capable of doing. Whether he does that in London or moves on remains to be seen, but right now he is one of the best players in the country.

ST Romelu Lukaku- Despite receiving much criticism since his summer move to Old Trafford, Lukaku is not having a bad season by any means. The big Belgium has notched 21 goals so far in all competitions, but has at times failed to deliver in the big games. Compared to Chelsea’s number nine, Alvaro Morata who has only managed 12 goals, Lukaku is having a great season.

RW Willian- After his outstanding display in Chelsea’s first leg draw with Barcelona, it was very hard to not include the Brazil born winger. Willian is enjoying the best season of his career, already in double figures for both goals and assists, the winger has proven his world class credentials over the past 18 months. In the process he has gone from a flashy winger to a truly world class match winner.