Since the dawning of the Premier League age there is little doubt which team has been the most successful. Manchester United have dominated this era in the same manner that Liverpool dominated the previous two decades, which goes a long way to explaining why here is still such a fierce and important rivalry between the two clubs.
Liverpool have not won a league title in nearly 23 years and have finished second in the Premier League just twice. Manchester United on the other hand have lifted 12 Premier League trophies to become the record title holders with 19. One more than Liverpool’s 18.
So it’s little surprise that United lead the Premier League head-to-heads by 22-11 with eight draws. It’s little wonder they are 10/11 to win this game, especially when you look at their record at Old Trafford, where Liverpool have won just once in the last eight games played there.
If you stick religiously to the stats then Manchester United to win this game is the clear bet. But what else do the stats tell us, if anything? Let’s have a look at some numbers.
Netting a profit
Manchester United and Liverpool have played 41 times in the Premier League.
Scoring a total of 109 goals and an average of 2.7 goals a game.
Defenders have accounted for 26 of the 109 goals, including five own goals. (Carragher – 2, O’Shea – 2, Bruce – 1).
There have been 14 braces (2 goals) and two hat-tricks scored in Premier League clashes. Including Jamie Carragher’s own-goal double in September, 1999.
There has been 12 penalties scored in 41 Premier League meetings. Manchester United lead 7-5.
There has been just five own-goals scored. Manchester United lead 3-2.
Trouble on the cards?
14 Red cards in 41 Premier League games. That’s one red every three games.
The Premier League score is currently seven red cards a-piece.
The last three red cards have been shown to Liverpool players so United are due one.