United’s 19th title, in 2011, saw them overtake Liverpool and completed the famous perch job on that lot down the road.
Prior to Ferguson, Liverpool were the most successful club in England, but now over the three decades since Ferguson’s arrival, United have taken that throne.
But here is another 19 they may not be so keen on at Old Trafford. Lose on Sunday at Anfield and United will be 19 points behind their bitter rivals. Nineteen points and it is not even Christmas.
The balance of power between this bitter rivals is changing as Jurgen Klopp has brought about an inspiring new era for Liverpool. Jose Mourinho on the other hand is literally playing to save his job.
So how did the Liverpool and Manchester United rivalry become one of the oldest and most intense battles in world football?
Liverpool v Man United History
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, 4 UEFA Cups, 4 UEFA Super Cups, 19 FA Cups, 13 League Cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 36 FA Community Shields.
Their first derby was held on 28 April 1894. Since then, Liverpool and Manchester United have played one another 199 more times with the United winning 80, the Reds 65, and 55 resulting in draws.
There is a strong Scottish link between the two clubs, as the most iconic managers at both clubs were born north of the border.
Liverpool built their dominance on a dynasty known as the Anfield Boot Room. The boot room itself was where strategy for future matches was planned, however, it became a breeding ground for future Liverpool managers following the arrival of Bill Shankly in 1959. The original members were Shankly himself, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Reuben Bennett, although the likes of Kenny Dalglish joined later on.
Over at Old Trafford, of the 68 trophies that the club has won, a remarkable 51 were won by two managers: Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Busby became United’s second most decorated manager of all time, winning 13 trophies at the club including the 1968 European Cup, which saw an English team secure European football’s top prize for the first time.
Between the 17 years between ]Busby and Ferguson, United only won three FA Cups and two Charity Shields. Bt that all changed in 1986 when Fergie arrived from Aberdeen and proceeded to win 38 trophies during his 26-year tenure.
No Relenting in this Rivalry
Whenever Liverpool and Manchester United meet there’s always going to be high energy and rising emotion. The fixtures featuring these two clubs more often than not result in close scores. Neither is willing to relent in their claim that they are the greatest English football club on the Earth.