Thursday 14 November 2019

Vincent Hogan: Irish sports personalities give Vincent Hogan their verdicts on tomorrow’s big game

Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

When Wes Brown deflected an own goal past Edwin Van der Sar at Anfield in September of '08, it was Liverpool's first Premier League goal against Manchester United in four years.

Later that day, Ryan Babel scored a late winner to secure a first Liverpool home victory against their great Lancashire rivals since 2001.

They won again just over one year later, goals from Fernando Torres and David Ngog, confirming back-to-back Anfield wins for Liverpool. Sandwiched between these two victories was the astonishing 4-1 ransacking of Old Trafford on March 14 of '09.

Yet, the power of this rivalry has -- resolutely -- been with United through the past decade. Of their last 20 Premier League meetings, United have won 12 to Liverpool's seven, with a single draw.

Tomorrow, that gap is reflected in their conflicting priorities. Liverpool trail United by a dispiriting 21 points, even a Champions League spot already looking out of reach. United, after a loss at Chelsea, attempt to reassert their championship credentials and -- ultimately -- surpass the record they now share with Liverpool of 18 championships. Here are the views of some Irish sporting fans who will be glued to the action.

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