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10 things to know about Liverpool vs Manchester United rivalry

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Liverpool vs Manchester United first fixture will take place on Monday night at Anfield of this new 2016/17 season. This is going to be biggest football match of this weekend, when two of the England giants will collide. There are some historic facts related to this historic fixture which makes it biggest game in world football. It’s battle of the best in England, just like El classico in Spain between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Here are 10 facts about this fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United:

  1. Liverpool vs Manchester United is one of the most watched football event in the world. Even El Classico can’t match their feat when you believe England leading media reports. English media have already claimed this year biggest watched event was brunch time Manchester derby with 901 million household reach, so you can think how much bigger Liverpool vs Manchester United, the North-West derby can be which hold a special place in England’s rivalry.
  2. They are two of the best clubs England have to be admired on global platform which includes their European successes. Together they share 122 trophies; which include 38 league titles, 8 European Cups, 3 Uefa Cups, 4 Uefa Super Cups, 19 FA Cups, 12 league Cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 intercontinental Cup and 36 FA Community Shields.
  3. Out of 38 League titles between them 20 belongs to Manchester United, and 18 belongs to Liverpool. Out of 8 European Cups; Manchester United have three to their names, whereas Liverpool has an edge over their rivals with 5 European trophies. Out of three Uefa Cups or Europa League, Liverpool has won all three and Manchester United has no trophy to their name in this department. Out of 4 Uefa Super Cup between them, Liverpool leads with three trophies as well with Manchester only one. In FA Cups list Manchester United has a clear edge with 12 trophies as current champion, whereas Liverpool have only 7 trophies to their name. In 12 league Cups or EFL Cup trophies, Liverpool holds the edge with 8 trophies whereas Manchester United only has four to their name. FIFA Club World Cup trophy and Intercontinental Cup both belong to Manchester United, whereas they share FA Community Shield with Manchester having 21 titles as current champion and Liverpool is distant behind with 15 titles.
  4. Out of 20 League title won by Manchester United, they have won thirteen of them after introduction of English Premier League in 1992, whereas Liverpool has won all 18 before Premier League era and last came in 1990.
  5. Out of 196 meetings between them Manchester United leads with 79 wins, whereas Liverpool have 65 wins. There are 52 matches between them were played draw. But, the biggest victory belongs to Liverpool 7-1 in 1895/96 season in second division.
  6. The player with the most appearances belongs to Manchester United – Ryan Giggs with 48 appearances, whereas the most goal scorer belonged to three players all shares 9 goals; Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), George Wall and Sandy Turnbull (Manchester United).
  7. Both sides wear Red jersey, whereas Manchester United are called The Red Devils, Liverpool is simply The Reds or YNWA. Liverpool fans always bully Manchester United as “The Glams”, because of the media attention they got despite both sides sharing  mostly the same number of trophies.
  8.  This fixture is only second to Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton in terms of player sent off. Manchestre United vs Liverpool have 16 sending off, compared to Merseyside Derby 20 sending off. The latest one to sent off was former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in March, 2015 fixture.
  9. Manchester United worldwide fan base includes more than 200 officially recognised branches of the Manchester United Supporters Club (MUSC), in at least 24 countries. Liverpool states that its worldwide fan base also includes more than 200 officially recognised branches of the LFC Official Supporters Clubs in at least 50 countries. Notable groups include Spirit of Shankly and Reclaim The Kop.
  10. Hooligans and fans trouble is noticeable in this fixture, with chants of Munich-air disaster and Hillsborough disaster. In March 2016, Liverpool fans were greeted with a banner on the M602 motorway in Salford that said ‘murderers’ and also had the Hillsborough Disaster date on it. UEFA took no disciplinary action against Manchester United.

It’s not all, this fixture has a lot more history than revealed here. Talking about the upcoming encounter, The Monday Night Football derby has already got the internet buzzing, with the fixture being searched eight times more than any other upcoming Premier League fixture on Google.

Liverpool have the edge over their Manchester rivals when it comes to searches, though, with 55 per cent of the share. It will be Jose Mourinho’s first clash with Liverpool as Manchester United manager, but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is also proving more popular than his counterpart online with 53 per cent.

However, when it comes to followers on social media, it’s the Manchester club which comes out on top.  Manchester United are the third-most popular team in the world across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with 94.2m followers, behind El Clasico rivals Barcelona (153.8m) and Real Madrid (152.1m). Liverpool are on 38.8m followers, according to sports index platform Brandtix.

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