Question nobody asked: Can Manchester United maintain the double derby?
Published 28/02/2011 | 05:00
MANCHESTER UNITED versus Liverpool will again be a keenly contested clash next weekend. However, the good news for Alex Ferguson's team is that, over the years, the team that has won the first match between the teams in a season has tended to go on and do the double over their arch-rivals.
In the 10 full seasons since the turn of the century, one of the teams has won both games on a remarkable seven occasions with United enjoying four of those doubles. Under Gerard Houllier, Liverpool managed an impressive four consecutive Premiership victories stretching from December 2000 to January 2002; however, they managed just one more 'double' in 2008/2009, the year when they came closest to regaining the title. United have regained the upper hand with Liverpool registering just three wins from the last 13, and with Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick sealing victory last September, United will hope that the pattern can continue.