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Liverpool v Manchester United: History, when, where and how to watch

Just 32 miles separate Liverpool and Manchester United and the rivalry has been fierce for decades between, historically, England's two most successful teams.

The two clubs have won 39 league titles between them, with United claiming 20 championship successes to Liverpool's 19.

It's the Merseysiders that have had the better of the recent meetings, with victories in four of the last five clashes between the teams.

Liverpool v Manchester United date

The latest encounter between these two giants is at 16:30 on Sunday, 17th December, with Liverpool going into the weekend sitting top of the Premier League table.

The return fixture, at Old Trafford, is due to take place on the weekend of 6th April, 2024.

Liverpool v Manchester United location

The first Premier League game between the rivals in the 2023-24 season will take place at Liverpool's home, Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's men have won this clash on home soil in the last two meetings, with a 7-0 success in 2022-23 and a 4-0 victory in 2021-22.

Liverpool v Manchester United how to watch

The Sunday, 17th December fixture will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event, as well as on Sky Sports Premier League.

If the pair are drawn against each other in the FA Cup, that match would be shown live on either the BBC or ITV.

How many times has Liverpool v Manchester United taken place?

This is a long-time rivalry and the 17th December fixture will be the 212th meeting between the two sides.

Liverpool v Manchester United head-to-head record

Manchester United have the edge in the head-to-head stats, winning 82 of the matches compared to 71 for Liverpool, and there have been 58 draws.

There have been eight competitive meetings since the start of the decade, with Liverpool claiming five victories, Manchester United two and there has been one draw.

Players who played for Liverpool and Manchester United

Not many players have crossed the divide and played for both Liverpool and Manchester United, only 10 in total.

In fact, there have only been three since the 1970s and none of those moved directly from one club to the other.

The most famous example is Michael Owen, who started his career at Liverpool and scored 118 goals in 216 appearances for the club.

After spells at Real Madrid and Newcastle, the England international moved to Old Trafford in 2009, featuring 31 times for the Red Devils and won the Premier League title in 2010-11.

Paul Ince went in the other direction, with the midfielder spending six years at Manchester United – from 1989 to 1995.

The former West Ham man then had a two-year spell in Italy, with Inter Milan, before joining Liverpool in 1997, making 65 appearances for the Reds before leaving for Middlesbrough in 1999.

Peter Beardsley is the other player to have been at both clubs, although he only made one senior appearance for United in a one-season stay in 1982-83. He is better remembered though for his time at Anfield, where he won two league titles and an FA Cup between 1987 and 1991.

Liverpool v Manchester United most appearances

Ryan Giggs has played in more Liverpool v Manchester United games than any other player – 48 in total.

The Welshman scored four goals against Liverpool, including a brace in a 1-2 victory at Anfield in September 2003.

Liverpool v Manchester United record goalscorer

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has scored more goals in Liverpool v Manchester United fixtures than anyone else.

The Liverpool star has found the net 12 times against the Red Devils and the standout performance came in the Old Trafford meeting on 24th October 2021.

Salah scored a hat-trick in a 0-5 win at the Reds' major rivals, with his three goals coming in a 12-minute period.

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