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Liverpool v Manchester United
Liverpool 2021-22 homeManchester United 2021-22 home
Locale North West England
Stadiums Anfield (Liverpool)
Old Trafford (Manchester United)
First meeting 28 April 1894
Liverpool 2–0 Newton Heath (1893–94 Football League test match play-off)
Teams Liverpool F.C.
Manchester United F.C.
Meetings total 208
Most player appearances Ryan Giggs (48)
Top scorer Steven Gerrard (9)
George Wall (9)
Sandy Turnbull (9)
Latest meeting 24 October 2021
Premier League
Manchester United 0–5 Liverpool
Next meeting 19 March 2022
Premier League
Liverpool v Manchester United
All-time series Liverpool: 69
Drawn: 58
Manchester United: 81
Largest victory Liverpool 7–1 Newton Heath
12 October 1895
(1895–96 Second Division)

The Liverpool F.C.–Manchester United F.C. rivalry also known as North-West Derby is a high profile inter-city rivalry between English professional football clubs Liverpool and Manchester United. It is considered to be one of the biggest rivalries in the football world along with the Superclásico in South America, El Clásico in Spain, and Derby della Madonnina in Italy, and is considered the most famous fixture in English football. Players, fans and the media alike often consider games between the two clubs to be their biggest rivalry, above even their own local derby competitions with Everton and Manchester City, respectively.

The rivalry has been fuelled by the proximity of the two major cities that they represent, their historic economic and industrial rivalry, significant periods of domestic footballing dominance and European success, and their popularity at home and abroad, as two of the biggest-earning and widely supported football clubs in the world.

The two clubs are the most successful English teams in both domestic and European competitions; and between them they have won 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.

Supporters[]

Both Manchester United and Liverpool are among the most popular football clubs (and sporting organisations) globally. Both are in the top 25 in Europe with Manchester United considered to have the largest following of all, as well as having one of the highest average home attendances in Europe and boasting a large travelling support. The club states that its 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.

The 2005 leveraged takeover of Manchester United by the Glazer family created a schism amongst Manchester fans, directly causing the creation of F.C. United of Manchester, and the "Love United Hate Glazer" movement, and subsequently the Red Knights who attempted to buy the Glazers out the club. Two years later, Liverpool went through its own controversial takeover when Chairman David Moores sold the club to American businessmen George Gillett and Tom Hicks. Disagreements between Gillett and Hicks, and the lack of popular support from fans, resulted in the pair looking to sell the club. Martin Broughton was appointed chairman of the club on 16 April 2010 to oversee its sale. Court action finally forced the sale of the club to Fenway Sports Group.

Hooliganism[]

With the rise of football hooliganism across English football during the 1970s and 1980s, matches between the two clubs brought some minor and major incidents of hooliganism. Since then, the modern game has seen a decrease in violence between the rival supporters and incidents are fairly uncommon. This is more likely due to an increase in Police presence and CCTV with huge steps taken to keep the fans separated. To this day, both sets of fans still hold a resentment toward each other. As well as physical violence, sections of the clubs' fan bases often taunt each other with unsavoury chants about the Munich air disaster and the Hillsborough disaster respectively.

At the 1996 FA Cup Final, an unidentified Liverpool fan spat at Eric Cantona and threw a punch at Alex Ferguson as a victorious Manchester United team walked up the steps at Wembley Stadium to collect the trophy from the Royal Box.

The 2006 FA Cup match at Anfield featured foreign objects thrown at United fans by Liverpool supporters, including human excrement. Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final game against Chelsea at Old Trafford later that year also resulted in damage to the stadium, including graffiti about serial killer Harold Shipman.

In March 2011, the Daily Mail reported that an FA Youth Cup game between the two clubs was marred because of "sick chants" about Hillsborough and Heysel coming from the Manchester United fans at Anfield. The article also claims that six Manchester United fans were ejected from the stadium due to bad behaviour. Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge was at the game and told the Liverpool Echo that "the level of abuse was absolutely sickening".

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.

Honours, head to head, and statistics[]

Honours[]

Domestic honours
Competition Liverpool Manchester United
Titles Year Titles Year
Premier League 0 13 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
First Division 18 1900–01, 1905–06, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1946–47, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90 7 1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67
League total 18 20
FA Cup 7 1964–65, 1973–74, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1991–92, 2000–01, 2005–06 12 1908–09, 1947–48, 1962–63, 1976–77, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2015–16
League Cup 8 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2011–12 4 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
FA Community Shield (* = shared) 15 1964*, 1965*, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977*, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986*, 1988, 1989, 1990*, 2001, 2006 21 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965*, 1967*, 1977*, 1983, 1990*, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
Super Cup 1 1986 0
Domestic total 49 57
European honours
European Cup/UEFA Champions League 5 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1983–84, 2004–05 3 1967–68, 1998–99, 2007–08
UEFA Cup 3 1972–73, 1975–76, 2000–01 0
European Cup Winners' Cup 0 1 1990–91
UEFA Super Cup 3 1977, 2001, 2005 1 1991
European total 11 5
Worldwide honours
FIFA Club World Cup 0 1 2008
Intercontinental Cup 0 1 1999
Worldwide total 0 2
Combined total
Combined total 60 64
  • The honours listed above are considered to be the club’s major titles and, as such, are not intended to be a full list of achievements.
Table correct as of 7 August 2016.

Head-to-head[]

The below table demonstrates the competitive results between the two sides (not indicative of titles won).

Competition Manchester United wins Draws Liverpool wins
League 67 44 55
FA Cup 9 4 4
League Cup 2 0 3
Europa League 0 1 1
Other 2 3 2
Total 80 52 65
Table correct as of 18 March 2016

All-time results[]

Liverpool in the league at home[]

Date Venue Score Competition
12 October 1895 Anfield 7–1 Second Division
22 April 1905 Anfield 4–0 Second Division
1 April 1907 Anfield 0–1 First Division
25 March 1908 Anfield 7–4 First Division
30 January 1909 Anfield 3–1 First Division
9 October 1909 Anfield 3–2 First Division
26 November 1910 Anfield 3–2 First Division
11 November 1911 Anfield 3–2 First Division
29 March 1913 Anfield 0–2 First Division
15 April 1914 Anfield 1–2 First Division
26 December 1914 Anfield 1–1 First Division
1 January 1920 Anfield 0–0 First Division
9 February 1921 Anfield 2–0 First Division
17 December 1921 Anfield 2–1 First Division
19 September 1925 Anfield 5–0 First Division
28 August 1926 Anfield 4–2 First Division
24 December 1927 Anfield 2–0 First Division
13 February 1929 Anfield 2–3 First Division
25 January 1930 Anfield 1–0 First Division
3 April 1931 Anfield 1–1 First Division
27 March 1937 Anfield 2–0 First Division
7 September 1938 Anfield 1–0 First Division
3 May 1947 Anfield 1–0 First Division
3 September 1947 Anfield 2–2 First Division
27 December 1948 Anfield 0–2 First Division
7 September 1949 Anfield 1–1 First Division
23 August 1950 Anfield 2–1 First Division
24 November 1951 Anfield 0–0 First Division
13 December 1952 Anfield 1–2 First Division
22 August 1953 Anfield 4–4 First Division
13 April 1963 Anfield 1–0 First Division
13 April 1964 Anfield 3–0 First Division
31 October 1964 Anfield 0–2 First Division
1 January 1966 Anfield 2–1 First Division
25 March 1967 Anfield 0–0 First Division
11 November 1967 Anfield 1–2 First Division
12 October 1968 Anfield 2–0 First Division
13 December 1969 Anfield 1–4 First Division
5 September 1970 Anfield 1–1 First Division
25 September 1971 Anfield 2–2 First Division
15 August 1972 Anfield 2–0 First Division
22 December 1973 Anfield 2–0 First Division
18 November 1975 Anfield 3–1 First Division
3 May 1977 Anfield 1–0 First Division
25 February 1978 Anfield 3–1 First Division
14 April 1979 Anfield 2–0 First Division
26 December 1979 Anfield 2–0 First Division
14 April 1981 Anfield 0–1 First Division
24 October 1981 Anfield 1–2 First Division
16 October 1982 Anfield 0–0 First Division
2 January 1984 Anfield 1–1 First Division
31 March 1985 Anfield 0–1 First Division
9 February 1986 Anfield 1–1 First Division
26 December 1986 Anfield 0–1 First Division
4 April 1988 Anfield 3–3 First Division
3 September 1988 Anfield 1–0 First Division
23 December 1989 Anfield 0–0 First Division
16 September 1990 Anfield 4–0 First Division
26 April 1992 Anfield 2–0 First Division
6 March 1993 Anfield 1–2 Premier League
4 January 1994 Anfield 3–3 Premier League
19 March 1995 Anfield 2–0 Premier League
17 December 1995 Anfield 2–0 Premier League
19 April 1997 Anfield 1–3 Premier League
6 December 1997 Anfield 1–3 Premier League
5 May 1999 Anfield 2–2 Premier League
11 September 1999 Anfield 2–3 Premier League
31 March 2001 Anfield 2–0 Premier League
4 November 2001 Anfield 3–1 Premier League
1 December 2002 Anfield 1–2 Premier League
9 November 2003 Anfield 1–2 Premier League
15 January 2005 Anfield 0–1 Premier League
18 September 2005 Anfield 0–0 Premier League
3 March 2007 Anfield 0–1 Premier League
16 December 2007 Anfield 0–1 Premier League
13 September 2008 Anfield 2–1 Premier League
25 October 2009 Anfield 2–0 Premier League
6 March 2011 Anfield 3–1 Premier League
15 October 2011 Anfield 1–1 Premier League
23 September 2012 Anfield 1–2 Premier League
1 September 2013 Anfield 1–0 Premier League
22 March 2015 Anfield 1–2 Premier League
17 January 2016 Anfield 0–1 Premier League
17 October 2016 Anfield 0–0 Premier League

Manchester United in the league at home[]

Date Venue Score Competition
2 November 1895 Bank Street 5–2 Second Division
24 December 1904 Bank Street 3–1 Second Division
25 December 1906 Bank Street 0–0 First Division
7 September 1907 Bank Street 4–0 First Division
26 September 1908 Bank Street 3–2 First Division
19 February 1910 Old Trafford 3–4 First Division
1 April 1911 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division
23 March 1912 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division
23 November 1912 Old Trafford 3–1 First Division
1 November 1913 Old Trafford 3–0 First Division
2 April 1915 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division
26 December 1919 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
5 February 1921 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division
24 December 1921 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
10 March 1926 Old Trafford 3–3 First Division
15 January 1927 Old Trafford 0–1 First Division
5 May 1928 Old Trafford 6–1 First Division
15 September 1928 Old Trafford 2–2 First Division
21 September 1929 Old Trafford 1–2 First Division
6 April 1931 Old Trafford 4–1 First Division
21 November 1936 Old Trafford 2–5 First Division
6 May 1939 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division
11 September 1946 Maine Road 5–0 First Division
27 August 1947 Maine Road 2–0 First Division
25 December 1948 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
15 March 1950 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
30 August 1950 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division
12 April 1952 Old Trafford 4–0 First Division
20 April 1953 Old Trafford 3–1 First Division
19 December 1953 Old Trafford 5–1 First Division
10 November 1962 Old Trafford 3–3 First Division
23 November 1963 Old Trafford 0–1 First Division
24 April 1965 Old Trafford 3–0 First Division
9 October 1965 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division
10 December 1966 Old Trafford 2–2 First Division
6 April 1968 Old Trafford 1–2 First Division
14 December 1968 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division
13 September 1969 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division
19 April 1971 Old Trafford 0–2 First Division
3 April 1972 Old Trafford 0–3 First Division
11 November 1972 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division
29 September 1973 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
18 February 1976 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
16 February 1977 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
1 October 1977 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division
26 December 1978 Old Trafford 0–3 First Division
5 April 1980 Old Trafford 2–1 First Division
26 December 1980 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
7 April 1982 Old Trafford 0–1 First Division
26 February 1983 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division
24 September 1983 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division
22 September 1984 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division
19 October 1985 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division
20 April 1987 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division
15 November 1987 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division
1 January 1989 Old Trafford 3–1 First Division
18 March 1990 Old Trafford 1–2 First Division
3 February 1991 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division
6 October 1991 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division
18 October 1992 Old Trafford 2–2 Premier League
30 March 1994 Old Trafford 1–0 Premier League
17 September 1994 Old Trafford 2–0 Premier League
1 October 1995 Old Trafford 2–2 Premier League
12 October 1996 Old Trafford 1–0 Premier League
10 April 1998 Old Trafford 1–1 Premier League
24 September 1998 Old Trafford 2–0 Premier League
4 March 2000 Old Trafford 1–1 Premier League
17 December 2000 Old Trafford 0–1 Premier League
22 January 2002 Old Trafford 0–1 Premier League
5 April 2003 Old Trafford 4–0 Premier League
24 April 2004 Old Trafford 0–1 Premier League
20 September 2004 Old Trafford 2–1 Premier League
22 January 2006 Old Trafford 1–0 Premier League
22 October 2006 Old Trafford 2–0 Premier League
23 March 2008 Old Trafford 3–0 Premier League
14 March 2009 Old Trafford 1–4 Premier League
21 March 2010 Old Trafford 2–1 Premier League
19 September 2010 Old Trafford 3–2 Premier League
11 February 2012 Old Trafford 2–1 Premier League
13 January 2013 Old Trafford 2–1 Premier League
16 March 2014 Old Trafford 0–3 Premier League
14 December 2014 Old Trafford 3–0 Premier League
12 September 2015 Old Trafford 3–1 Premier League
League home record
Home Team Wins Losses Draws
Liverpool 39 25 19
Manchester 42 16 25
Overall League Head to Head record
Manchester United wins Liverpool wins Draws
67 55 44

Results in domestic cup matches[]

Date Venue Matches Competition
Team 1 Score Team 2
12 February 1898 Bank Street Newton Heath 0–0 Liverpool FA Cup 2nd Round
16 February 1898 Anfield Liverpool 2–1 Newton Heath FA Cup 2nd Round Replay
7 February 1903 Bank Street Manchester United 2–1 Liverpool FA Cup 1st Round
8 January 1921 Anfield Liverpool 1–1 Manchester United FA Cup 1st Round
12 January 1921 Old Trafford Manchester United 1–2 Liverpool FA Cup 1st Round Replay
24 January 1948 Goodison Park Manchester United 3–0 Liverpool FA Cup 4th Round
30 January 1960 Anfield Liverpool 1–3 Manchester United FA Cup 4th Round
14 August 1965 Old Trafford Manchester United 2–2 Liverpool 1965 Charity Shield
21 May 1977 Wembley Manchester United 2–1 Liverpool 1977 FA Cup Final
13 August 1977 Wembley Liverpool 0–0 Manchester United 1977 Charity Shield
31 March 1979 Maine Road Manchester United 2–2
(a.e.t.)
Liverpool FA Cup Semi-final
4 April 1979 Goodison Park Manchester United 1–0 Liverpool FA Cup Semi-final Replay
26 March 1983 Wembley Liverpool 2–1
(a.e.t.)
Manchester United 1983 League Cup Final
20 August 1983 Wembley Manchester United 2–0 Liverpool 1983 Charity Shield
13 April 1985 Goodison Park Manchester United 2–2
(a.e.t.)
Liverpool FA Cup Semi-final
17 April 1985 Maine Road Manchester United 2–1 Liverpool FA Cup Semi-final Replay
26 November 1985 Anfield Liverpool 2–1 Manchester United League Cup 4th Round
18 August 1990 Wembley Liverpool 1–1 Manchester United 1990 Charity Shield
31 October 1990 Old Trafford Manchester United 3–1 Liverpool League Cup 3rd Round
11 May 1996 Wembley Manchester United 1–0 Liverpool 1996 FA Cup Final
24 January 1999 Old Trafford Manchester United 2–1 Liverpool FA Cup 4th Round
12 August 2001 Millennium Stadium Liverpool 2–1 Manchester United 2001 Charity Shield
2 March 2003 Millennium Stadium Liverpool 2–0 Manchester United 2003 League Cup Final
18 February 2006 Anfield Liverpool 1–0 Manchester United FA Cup 5th Round
9 January 2011 Old Trafford Manchester United 1–0 Liverpool FA Cup 3rd Round
28 January 2012 Anfield Liverpool 2–1 Manchester United FA Cup 4th Round
25 September 2013 Old Trafford Manchester United 1–0 Liverpool League Cup 3rd Round
Overall Domestic Cup Head to Head record
Manchester United wins Liverpool wins Draws
12 9 7

Results in European competitions[]

Date Venue Matches Competition
Team 1 Score Team 2
10 March 2016 Anfield Liverpool 2–0 Manchester United Europa League Round of 16
17 March 2016 Old Trafford Manchester United 1–1 Liverpool Europa League Round of 16
Overall European competition Head to Head record
Manchester United wins Liverpool wins Draws
0 1 1

Results in play-offs[]

Date Venue Matches Competition
Team 1 Score Team 2
28 April 1894 Ewood Park Liverpool 2–0 Newton Heath Football League Test Match
Overall Play-off Head to Head record
Manchester United wins Liverpool wins Draws
0 1 0

External links[]

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