Friday,December 2,2022

The Red rivalry of the English Premier League

Red is the colour that signifies intense passion and desire. It is a color seen in blood and fire, a colour associated with strong emotions. Now, the particular colour has been used in many different contexts in the history, the most iconic one being Communism during the Cold War.

Coming to football, the word Red can mean only one thing to a football fan. It’s either Manchester United or Liverpool. The former known as the Red Devils, while the latter as the Reds. One of the greatest rivalries in the world of football, every United vs Liverpool match has a pretty intense premise. Going by the trends of the ongoing season, it is likely that we will be seeing a thrilling contest between the two to finish in the top 4. Though, the rivalry between them goes much beyond where they finish on the table.

 “City have had their success recently, but I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.” – Wayne Rooney, United’s highest goalscorer ever

Despite not winning the League for around 20 years now, Liverpool arguably remain United’s staunch rivals. There is a considerable surge in the prominence of local rivals such as Everton and Manchester City for both the respective clubs. Though, nothing has come even close to displacing these two clubs as each other’s fiercest adversaries. Yet, the rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool runs deep into the history books. We take you down the road all the way back to the origins of the rivalry.

Ease of trade: First bone of contention

Manchester and Liverpool were one of the most successful cities of England, both booming with growth. Liverpool was the financial capital of the country, as it’s port gave it access to major international trade partners. On the other hand, Manchester was a leading producer of cotton and sent it to Liverpool for making it a finished product. Both the sides had a classic inter-city arrangement in place as they prospered together.

The Manchester Ship Canal
The Manchester Ship Canal

It all changed in the late 1800s, with the advent of the Manchester Ship Canal. The newly built canal entirely changed the dynamics of the North-Western economics of England. Ships no longer had to go to Liverpool ports for business. They directly reached Manchester through the canal, thereby enhancing the incoming trade. That period onwards, a political and economic rivalry was established between the north-western power cities. In a bid to outdo each other, both of them came up with various plans and ideas for the same.

The transition of the rivalry beyond economics: 

The hostility present between the citizens of the respective cities was not limited to outdoing each other economically. It soon transformed into a rivalry in the political, cultural and social sphere as well. While Liverpool boasted of the Beatles in the 60s, the Manchester camp did the same about Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses and Madchester.

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Therefore, there has been a clear division of ideals and loyalties.

Football :

The earlier 1900s was an era where football was played at a very ideological level. The outcome of these matches had way more to do about the ego clashes between the sides they represented, rather than any other sporting consequence. Liverpool tasted the first victory when the football teams of the two sides met. Further on, Liverpool went on to dominate the domestic English scene, until the arrival of the legendary Sir Matt Busby. Busby revolutionised the youth system at Manchester United and assembled a team of youngsters with a hunger to win.

The Busby Babes.
The Busby Babes.
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United dominated the late 50s until the tragic Munich air disaster. Post that incident, a lot of time was spent by United to restructure and form a new team. In the meantime, Liverpool turned into a European force winning seasons in and out. They also won European Cup on multiple occasions. Up until the late 80s, Liverpool were a force to be reckoned with. At the same time, despite limited success, the United team was renowned for its brand image. Liverpool couldn’t do enough to reach United’s level of branding, even though they were more successful.

Liverpool''s legendary squad of the 70s.
Liverpool’s legendary squad of the 70s.
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It all changed upon the arrival of the Legend, Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scottish manager inherited the rivalry and made it his point to displace Liverpool as the strongest English team.

“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
United fans flying a banner at the Old Trafford.
United fans flying a banner at the Old Trafford.

Thus began United’s rise to the very top levels of the English game. In the year 1994, after United had won the League, the Liverpool fans put up a banner saying “Come back when you have 18 titles.” United till that point was 10 short of the target set. Come 2011, United surpassed the Liverpool number.” Though, presently both the teams are struggling with problems on their own and fighting to establish dominance at the apex of the English Premier League.

Here is a list of the most significant moments of the North-western derby :

  1. Gary Neville’s celebration in front of the Liverpool crowd:

    2. Refusal of the handshake by Suarez after the racism controversy:

    3. Gerrard’s 48-second stay before a red card:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh6Uy-95U0g

    4.  Cantona’s winner in the 1996 FA Cup

    5. Paul Scholes sent off after foul on Xabi Alonso:

     

That being said, the rivalry remains one of the greatest in the beautiful game. This one is set to stay for years to come and hence, provide the fans some intense moments of football.

Red is the colour that signifies intense passion and desire. It is a color seen in blood and fire, a colour associated with strong emotions. Now, the particular colour has been used in many different contexts in the history, the most iconic one being Communism during the Cold War.

Coming to football, the word Red can mean only one thing to a football fan. It’s either Manchester United or Liverpool. The former known as the Red Devils, while the latter as the Reds. One of the greatest rivalries in the world of football, every United vs Liverpool match has a pretty intense premise. Going by the trends of the ongoing season, it is likely that we will be seeing a thrilling contest between the two to finish in the top 4. Though, the rivalry between them goes much beyond where they finish on the table.

 “City have had their success recently, but I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.” – Wayne Rooney, United’s highest goalscorer ever

Despite not winning the League for around 20 years now, Liverpool arguably remain United’s staunch rivals. There is a considerable surge in the prominence of local rivals such as Everton and Manchester City for both the respective clubs. Though, nothing has come even close to displacing these two clubs as each other’s fiercest adversaries. Yet, the rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool runs deep into the history books. We take you down the road all the way back to the origins of the rivalry.

Ease of trade: First bone of contention

Manchester and Liverpool were one of the most successful cities of England, both booming with growth. Liverpool was the financial capital of the country, as it’s port gave it access to major international trade partners. On the other hand, Manchester was a leading producer of cotton and sent it to Liverpool for making it a finished product. Both the sides had a classic inter-city arrangement in place as they prospered together.

The Manchester Ship Canal
The Manchester Ship Canal

It all changed in the late 1800s, with the advent of the Manchester Ship Canal. The newly built canal entirely changed the dynamics of the North-Western economics of England. Ships no longer had to go to Liverpool ports for business. They directly reached Manchester through the canal, thereby enhancing the incoming trade. That period onwards, a political and economic rivalry was established between the north-western power cities. In a bid to outdo each other, both of them came up with various plans and ideas for the same.

The transition of the rivalry beyond economics: 

The hostility present between the citizens of the respective cities was not limited to outdoing each other economically. It soon transformed into a rivalry in the political, cultural and social sphere as well. While Liverpool boasted of the Beatles in the 60s, the Manchester camp did the same about Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses and Madchester.

Therefore, there has been a clear division of ideals and loyalties.

Football :

The earlier 1900s was an era where football was played at a very ideological level. The outcome of these matches had way more to do about the ego clashes between the sides they represented, rather than any other sporting consequence. Liverpool tasted the first victory when the football teams of the two sides met. Further on, Liverpool went on to dominate the domestic English scene, until the arrival of the legendary Sir Matt Busby. Busby revolutionised the youth system at Manchester United and assembled a team of youngsters with a hunger to win.

The Busby Babes.
The Busby Babes.

United dominated the late 50s until the tragic Munich air disaster. Post that incident, a lot of time was spent by United to restructure and form a new team. In the meantime, Liverpool turned into a European force winning seasons in and out. They also won European Cup on multiple occasions. Up until the late 80s, Liverpool were a force to be reckoned with. At the same time, despite limited success, the United team was renowned for its brand image. Liverpool couldn’t do enough to reach United’s level of branding, even though they were more successful.

Liverpool''s legendary squad of the 70s.
Liverpool’s legendary squad of the 70s.

It all changed upon the arrival of the Legend, Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scottish manager inherited the rivalry and made it his point to displace Liverpool as the strongest English team.

“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
United fans flying a banner at the Old Trafford.
United fans flying a banner at the Old Trafford.

Thus began United’s rise to the very top levels of the English game. In the year 1994, after United had won the League, the Liverpool fans put up a banner saying “Come back when you have 18 titles.” United till that point was 10 short of the target set. Come 2011, United surpassed the Liverpool number.” Though, presently both the teams are struggling with problems on their own and fighting to establish dominance at the apex of the English Premier League.

Here is a list of the most significant moments of the North-western derby :

  1. Gary Neville’s celebration in front of the Liverpool crowd:

    2. Refusal of the handshake by Suarez after the racism controversy:

    3. Gerrard’s 48-second stay before a red card:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh6Uy-95U0g

    4.  Cantona’s winner in the 1996 FA Cup

    5. Paul Scholes sent off after foul on Xabi Alonso:

     

That being said, the rivalry remains one of the greatest in the beautiful game. This one is set to stay for years to come and hence, provide the fans some intense moments of football.

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Red is the colour that signifies intense passion and desire. It is a color seen in blood and fire, a colour associated with strong emotions. Now, the particular colour has been used in many different contexts in the history, the most iconic one being Communism during the Cold War.

Coming to football, the word Red can mean only one thing to a football fan. It’s either Manchester United or Liverpool. The former known as the Red Devils, while the latter as the Reds. One of the greatest rivalries in the world of football, every United vs Liverpool match has a pretty intense premise. Going by the trends of the ongoing season, it is likely that we will be seeing a thrilling contest between the two to finish in the top 4. Though, the rivalry between them goes much beyond where they finish on the table.

 “City have had their success recently, but I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.” – Wayne Rooney, United’s highest goalscorer ever

Despite not winning the League for around 20 years now, Liverpool arguably remain United’s staunch rivals. There is a considerable surge in the prominence of local rivals such as Everton and Manchester City for both the respective clubs. Though, nothing has come even close to displacing these two clubs as each other’s fiercest adversaries. Yet, the rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool runs deep into the history books. We take you down the road all the way back to the origins of the rivalry.

Ease of trade: First bone of contention

Manchester and Liverpool were one of the most successful cities of England, both booming with growth. Liverpool was the financial capital of the country, as it’s port gave it access to major international trade partners. On the other hand, Manchester was a leading producer of cotton and sent it to Liverpool for making it a finished product. Both the sides had a classic inter-city arrangement in place as they prospered together.

The Manchester Ship Canal
The Manchester Ship Canal

It all changed in the late 1800s, with the advent of the Manchester Ship Canal. The newly built canal entirely changed the dynamics of the North-Western economics of England. Ships no longer had to go to Liverpool ports for business. They directly reached Manchester through the canal, thereby enhancing the incoming trade. That period onwards, a political and economic rivalry was established between the north-western power cities. In a bid to outdo each other, both of them came up with various plans and ideas for the same.

The transition of the rivalry beyond economics: 

The hostility present between the citizens of the respective cities was not limited to outdoing each other economically. It soon transformed into a rivalry in the political, cultural and social sphere as well. While Liverpool boasted of the Beatles in the 60s, the Manchester camp did the same about Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses and Madchester.

Therefore, there has been a clear division of ideals and loyalties.

Football :

The earlier 1900s was an era where football was played at a very ideological level. The outcome of these matches had way more to do about the ego clashes between the sides they represented, rather than any other sporting consequence. Liverpool tasted the first victory when the football teams of the two sides met. Further on, Liverpool went on to dominate the domestic English scene, until the arrival of the legendary Sir Matt Busby. Busby revolutionised the youth system at Manchester United and assembled a team of youngsters with a hunger to win.

The Busby Babes.
The Busby Babes.

United dominated the late 50s until the tragic Munich air disaster. Post that incident, a lot of time was spent by United to restructure and form a new team. In the meantime, Liverpool turned into a European force winning seasons in and out. They also won European Cup on multiple occasions. Up until the late 80s, Liverpool were a force to be reckoned with. At the same time, despite limited success, the United team was renowned for its brand image. Liverpool couldn’t do enough to reach United’s level of branding, even though they were more successful.

Liverpool''s legendary squad of the 70s.
Liverpool’s legendary squad of the 70s.

It all changed upon the arrival of the Legend, Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scottish manager inherited the rivalry and made it his point to displace Liverpool as the strongest English team.

“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that.” – Sir Alex Ferguson
United fans flying a banner at the Old Trafford.
United fans flying a banner at the Old Trafford.

Thus began United’s rise to the very top levels of the English game. In the year 1994, after United had won the League, the Liverpool fans put up a banner saying “Come back when you have 18 titles.” United till that point was 10 short of the target set. Come 2011, United surpassed the Liverpool number.” Though, presently both the teams are struggling with problems on their own and fighting to establish dominance at the apex of the English Premier League.

Here is a list of the most significant moments of the North-western derby :

  1. Gary Neville’s celebration in front of the Liverpool crowd:

    2. Refusal of the handshake by Suarez after the racism controversy:

    3. Gerrard’s 48-second stay before a red card:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh6Uy-95U0g

    4.  Cantona’s winner in the 1996 FA Cup

    5. Paul Scholes sent off after foul on Xabi Alonso:

     

That being said, the rivalry remains one of the greatest in the beautiful game. This one is set to stay for years to come and hence, provide the fans some intense moments of football.

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