As Liverpool travel to Old Trafford as huge favourites this weekend, we look back on five other times these rivals were miles apart in the Premier League.
Manchester United are to beat Liverpool on Sunday, the longest price they’ve been against their fierce rivals at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.
It’s no wonder the European champions are such clear favourites – they are eight points clear at the top of the table and will equal the longest winning streak in Premier League history if they beat United this weekend.
United, meanwhile, are down in 12th, having lost three times in the league already.
This isn’t the first time there’s been a huge gulf between these two sides, though.
These are the biggest mismatches in the history of Man Utd v Liverpool in the Premier League…
Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd, December 2018
You don’t have to look far back to find the last time United were huge underdogs in this fixture.
Just 10 months ago United travelled to Merseyside in sixth place, 16 points behind Liverpool, while their rivals were on a five-game winning streak at the top of the table.
Jose Mourinho was under enormous pressure as United manager with reports suggesting he could be sacked should he lose that weekend, contrary to the club’s claims that he had the board’s full confidence.
A Xherdan Shaqiri brace helped Liverpool to victory, and Mourinho was sacked just two days later.
Pack your bags, Ole.
Man Utd 0-3 Liverpool, March 2014
Before Salah, Mane and Firmino there was Suarez, Sterling and Sturridge.
That formidable trio led the line for arguably Liverpool’s most exciting team of the Premier League era – at least until Jurgen Klopp turned up.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were on a nine-game unbeaten run and hunting down Chelsea at the top of the table when they arrived at Old Trafford.
United were in the last throes of the disastrous David Moyes era, having lost six of their previous 13 games in all competitions.
While Liverpool played with incredible verve and confidence, Moyes’ United constantly made errors and gave away three penalties, two of which were converted.
They were battered 3-0 and Nemanja Vidic, still haunted by the ghost of Fernando Torres, was sent off late on.
Liverpool ultimately came a Steven Gerrard slip away from winning the title, while Moyes was sacked in April as United finished 20 points behind their rivals in seventh.
Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool, January 2013
Manchester United were once quite good, you know.
In Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season before retirement – just over a year before that 3-0 thrashing – they were top, seven points clear and on a run of eight wins in nine.
Down in eighth and 21 points behind, all Liverpool could hope to do at Old Trafford was make the title race a bit more interesting for everyone else.
They didn’t manage it.
Robin van Persie fired United ahead with his 10th goal in 10 games, and Ferguson’s side won 2-1 before going on to win the league by 11 points.
Liverpool ended the season in seventh, finishing behind United for the 11th consecutive year.
Man Utd 3-2 Liverpool, September 2010
According to the odds, this was the last time either team was so likely to win this fixture at Old Trafford.
Just four games into the 2010/11 season, United were as short as 4/6 to beat Roy Hodgson’s Reds, who had already lost 3-0 to Man City and were coming off a draw at Birmingham.
It’s some achievement to be so unfancied so close to the start of the season, but Liverpool had looked terrible and had been forced to go through the grind of a Europa League qualifying campaign after finishing seventh in the previous season.
Things went from bad to worse for Hodgson as Dimitar Berbatov netted a match-winning hat-trick – including that bicycle kick – dropping Liverpool to 16th.
The Englishman lasted until January before being replaced by Kenny Dalglish – who fared slightly better – while United went on to win the league (again).
Liverpool 2-2 Man Utd, May 1999
The year of United’s greatest ever triumph also happened to be one of Liverpool’s worst.
As Ferguson’s side battled Arsenal at the top of the table, Liverpool were slumped in eighth, behind Middlesbrough, West Ham and Aston Villa with just three games remaining.
In what was Gerard Houlier’s first season in charge, the Reds were in danger of finishing outside of the top four for the first time in five years and knew that United would clinch the title if they won their remaining matches.
But Liverpool did Arsenal a huge favour by taking a point at Anfield thanks to an 89th-minute Paul Ince equaliser.
Arsenal still managed to squander their chance, losing to Leeds in the penultimate game of the season, and a win over Spurs on the final day of the campaign gave Ferguson’s side their fifth title, and the first part of the historic treble.
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