Our view: Manchester United’s ploy to spoil the title party for Liverpool typifies the drastic turn of the tide
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Our view: Manchester United’s ploy to spoil the title party for Liverpool typifies the drastic turn of the tide

Liverpool fans won’t what to hear it, but it has become a matter of when rather than if Jurgen Klopp’s team are to secure a first league title since 1990.

The European champions are shattering records for fun in their pursuit of the holy grail. Liverpool recently became the first team across Europe’s top-five leagues to register 61 points from their opening 21 league matches.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United celebrates victory and winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Not even Sir Alex Ferguson’s 13-time Premier League-winners could get close to that accolade as the Reds look to establish their own alike golden age for the club.

To suggest Manchester United, currently under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, are leaps and bounds behind the runaway Premier League leaders would be an understatement.

The Red Devils are currently 27 points behind their old nemesis having played a game more than Liverpool. How the tide has turned since United mercilessly ruled the top-flight with an iron fist for the best part of 20 years.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (11) celebrates as he scores his team’s second goal from a penalty with Jordan Henderson during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 27, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Whilst Liverpool are looking to increase their already 14-point lead over current holders Manchester City, United are doing their best to compete with Chelsea, Sheffield United and Wolves for a position in the top-four.

The Reds are such a formidable force that they become almost completely uninterested in their north-west rivals.

Sunday’s instalment for Liverpool is nothing more than another opportunity to box off another fixture in their pursuit of domestic glory. Meanwhile, for United, the narrative is fixated on spoiling the party for the champions-elect.

It’s almost a mirror opposite effect to when Ferguson’s team in the late ’90s and early ‘2000s were obsessed with defending their league crown whilst all Liverpool had to brag about was the odd victory in the backyard of their old rival.

Remarkably, United are the only team since March to have taken points from Liverpool in the league. Solskjaer’s team – alongside West Ham – were the only opposition the Reds failed to get the better of in the league during 2019.

Anfield awaits two of English football’s fiercest juggernauts on Sunday. Both serial winners in their own right yet the reality is that only one will have their eyes on the bigger picture when the clock strikes 16:30 on Merseyside.

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