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Liverpool vs Manchester United: The ultimate stat guide to England’s biggest football rivalry

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Considered to be one of the biggest and fiercest rivalries in world football, Liverpool vs Manchester United is more than just a mere football match.

The two cities that share a long history of the industrial revolution have come a long way to assert a strapping dominance in the sport, having won a whopping 39 league titles, 19 FA Cups, 14 league cups, nine European titles and two FIFA Club World Cups between them. Overall, the two teams share as many as 131 trophies.

The intensity of this infamous feud is such that only nine players have ever been transferred (direct) between the two.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Head-to-head record in all competitions

The history of the Liverpool-Manchester United rivalry dates back to April 1894. Since then, the teams have played a total of 237 matches across all competitions, with United winning 89 times while Liverpool coming out on top on 80 occasions. As many as 68 matches have been drawn.

Of these 237 meetings, only 18 matches have been played in the FA Cup where United have won 10 and Liverpool four. Similarly, only five matches have been played between the two in the League Cup. Here, Liverpool have the edge with three wins and two defeats.

Liverpool and Manchester United’s only meeting in any European competition came in 2016 when the Reds eliminated their opponent in a two-legged tie with an aggregate score of 3-1.

Competition Matches LIV win MUN win Draws
FA Cup 18 4 10 4
League Cup 5 3 2 0
European competitions 2 1 0 1
Community Shield 5 1 1 3

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Head-to-head in Premier League

Since the inception of the Premier League, Liverpool and Manchester United have crossed paths on 60 occasions. During these matches, United have won 28 games and Liverpool have won 18. 

Liverpool Metric Manchester United
18 Wins 28
28 Losses 18
14 Draws 14

Historically, United have been exceptionally dominant against Liverpool away from home, having won 12 matches at Anfield. On the other hand, Liverpool have won just seven matches at Old Trafford since 1992.

Most goals in Liverpool vs Manchester United

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard holds the record for most goals in Liverpool vs Manchester United matches. The current Aston Villa manager shares the spot with George Wall and Sandy Turnball with nine goals.

Furthermore, Ryan Giggs has the record for most appearances in Liverpool vs Manchester United matches, having appeared on as many as 48 occasions.

Players who played for Manchester United and Liverpool

A total of 12 players have played for both Liverpool and Manchester United in their careers. The list is as follows:

From Liverpool to Manchester United:

1912: Tom Chorlton (direct)

1920: Tom Miller (direct)

1929: Tommy Reid (direct)

1938: Ted Savage (direct)

1938: Allenby Chilton (direct)

2009: Michael Owen (via Real Madrid and Newcastle United)

From Manchester United to Liverpool:

1913: Jackie Sheldon (direct)

1921: Fred Hopkin (direct)

1954: Thomas McNulty (direct)

1964: Phil Chisnall (direct)

1897: Peter Beardsley (via Vancouver Whitecaps and Newcastle United)

1997: Paul Ince (via Inter Milan)

Featured photo: AFP / Oli Scarff

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