Man Utd vs Liverpool.
It’s traditionally been one of the first games fans and pundits look out for on fixture release day.
With Liverpool and Manchester City so dominant at the top of the Premier League and Utd still struggling to reboot themselves after the Fergie era, we’re asking…
Is the Man Utd vs Liverpool rivalry still the Premier League’s standout fixture?
Tradition still counts for something. Few games remain steeped in as much history and passion as Man Utd vs Liverpool – regardless of their current differing fortunes.
This fixture never lost any of its gloss when Fergie’s all-conquering Utd side were hogging the spotlight.
Why should it be viewed any differently now with fortunes reversed?
One of the memorable Premier League fixtures of all time was Liverpool’s 4-1 demolition of Man Utd at Old Trafford back in 2009.
This was a time when the Reds, despite closing the gap under Rafa Benitez, were still seen as the poor relation in this contest. However, a magnificent display by Fernando Torres helped to electrify that year’s title race. It also suddenly made Utd look vulnerable. The psychological impact of a derby day defeat can never be lightly dismissed, even if the fixture seems to lack the usual spice on the surface.
Solskjaer needs a win
Plus Man Utd’s recent poor form adds another layer of intrigue to the latest meeting between the two clubs. Depending on your viewpoint, this game has come at the best or worst possible time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Humiliation on their own doorstep against the current league leaders might leave speculation surrounding the Norwegian’s long-term future at fever pitch – particularly if Utd show any signs of not putting up a fight.
On the flip-side, a gutsy win against their bitter rivals could be the turning point Ole needs. A win could help change the narrative at Old Trafford and prove he deserves more time to stamp his authority on the club – particularly given the fact many of the club’s current problems pre-date his return to Manchester.
It’s often said that the first goal is crucial on derby day.
That’ll certainly be the case when Man Utd vs Liverpool kicks off this weekend with momentum very much with the away side.
Last season’s epic title race between Man City and Liverpool was a game-changer.
By reaching 98 and 97 points respectively, these two clubs have valid claims to be up there with the best Premier League sides of all time.
All heavyweight bouts, however, often serve up an undercard that can seem underwhelming in comparison.
Sadly, this year’s fixture between the two traditional Premier League titans could be that undercard.
Man Utd are stuck on just nine points after eight games – a full 15 points behind their traditional rivals. Are the teams simply too far apart for this match to live up to the billing of previous encounters?
Too much hype?
A look at the latest Man Utd vs Liverpool odds shows the current gulf in class. Utd are currently 77/20 to win with a Liverpool victory at 18/25 – even though the Red Devils are on home soil. That’s a sign of the current unrest at Old Trafford.
Also, with a few exceptions, it’s a fixture that has failed to live up to the hype in recent seasons – especially in comparison to some of the epic Rafa-Fergie duels of years gone by.
Even a manager as charismatic as Jürgen Klopp has struggled to add stardust to this old rivalry. Five of the last seven encounters have produced under two goals. Last year’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford will also go down as one of the more instantly forgettable meetings between the pair.
For the neutral at least, let’s hope that trend changes this weekend.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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What time does Man Utd vs Liverpool kick off?
Man Utd vs Liverpool is on Sunday 20th November, at 4:30pm UK time.
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event.
Check out our latest Premier League winner odds to see Liverpool’s price to win the 2019/20 Premier League.
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