Manchester United delivered one of their worst performances in the 2018-19 season this past Wednesday against Valencia. Needless to say, that’s a lot considering the ups-and-downs we have seen from Jose Mourinho’s side during the current term. And it couldn’t have come at a worst time, since they are slated to play against Liverpool this Sunday.
There are no words to describe the rivalry between these two sides, but we can always take a look at the recent head-to-head record to analyse potential tendencies that we might witness on Sunday’s outing. With that in mind, we’ll see how these two things have fared in their most recent outings, as well as trying to figure out what might happen on Sunday.
We need to look at the all-time H2H record between these two sides in order to understand the parity of the rivalry. In 174 previous meetings between both clubs, United have the edge over The Reds with 69 wins. Liverpool have won 57 times, and 48 matches have ended in a draw. United also have the edge when it comes to the goalscoring record: 235 scored and 215 conceded.
Premier League record between both sides in the past 10 years
However, things change if we take a look at their recent Premier League meetings in the past 10 years. These two sides have played 20 times, and the H2H record suggets an edge for Manchester United. The Red Devils have won 10 of those meetings, while Liverpool have won six and four have ended in draws.
For what is worth, we must mention that Jose Mourinho has never lost against Liverpool in the Premier League while coaching Manchester United. And The Red Devils also own an eight-game undefeated streak against The Reds in the PL, with five wins and three draws. At least when it comes to the league, United have a clear edge. One they will attempt to maintain this Sunday.
What happens if we include all competitions over the same 10-year period?
If we add all competitive matches into the mix, then the 10-year record reads 12 wins for Manchester United, eight for Liverpool, and five draws. They have met twice in the FA Cup (one win for each side), once in the Carabao Cup (Man Utd win) and twice in a Europa League tie where Liverpool ran undefeated (W1, D1) during the 2016/17 season. Either way, The Red Devils remain on top when it comes to the recent record.
What happened between both sides in the 2017/18 season?
Manchester United “won” the H2H record last season. Their first meeting ended with a 0-0 draw at Anfield, but The Red Devils won 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford. Here are some of the highlights of that match:
How about Manchester United’s recent trips to Anfield?
Last but not least, we must analyse what has happened when these two sides meet at Anfield.
When it comes to the Premier League, Liverpool have the edge in there, but the record has been surprisingly even: four wins for Liverpool, three for Manchester United, and three draws. It is worth mentioning, however, that three of those Liverpool wins came between 2008 and 2011. The Reds have not won at home in the Premier League since 2013.
If we add all competitions into the mix, then Liverpool have six wins against four Manchester United ones, and two draws.
Undoubtedly, Liverpool seem to have the edge at home, but the recent H2H record in all venues favours Manchester United. Will The Red Devils extend their run, or will Liverpool respect the home-field advantage? Without a doubt, we will have to wait until Sunday to find out.