Belfast Telegraph

Biting Back: Crunch game ahead for Manchester United and Liverpool

By Steven Beacom

It was Peter Robinson who said it. No, not that one. This was the Peter Robinson who worked at Liverpool from 1965 for over 30 years, first as secretary and then as the club's first Chief Executive.

Robinson was a shrewd operator in the days when Liverpool dominated English and European football.

He knew though that the club's supremacy was under a constant threat. Graeme Souness recalls shortly after becoming Reds boss Robinson saying 'if that lot down the east Lancs road ever get their act together we're in trouble'.

He was referring to Manchester United, who got their act together. In 1993 Sir Alex Ferguson won the club's first title in 26 years and bar a season or two here and there kept them at the top until he left two decades later.

Last season with David Moyes at the helm United finished seventh in the Premier League. Today they stand fourth under Louis van Gaal.

A force no longer, but that could change. By returning to the Champions League next season it will restore United's confidence and enable them to attract better players. On Sunday United face Liverpool, in fifth, two points behind.

It's not just a massive game for this season... it's also huge for future campaigns. Liverpool need to win for themselves and to keep their fierce rivals outside the top four. Chelsea and City should want that too because if United get their act together...well, you know the rest...

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