Monday 18 December 2017

Man Utd and Liverpool to battle for bragging rights and $1m in prize money

Such has been the interest in Louis van Gaal's men, they have already been invited back to the US next summer, with the club ready to accept the offer

Mark Ogden

The victors of Tuesday morning's clash between Manchester United and Liverpool will earn $1 million in prize money as Louis van Gaal's men look to position themselves as 'America's team'.

The appetite for English clubs to play in the US is growing at a rate of knots, with the success of this summer's International Champions Cup underlining the burgeoning interest in the Premier League.

United, Liverpool and Manchester City have played in front of sell-out crowds - a total of 311,105 fans have watched United's four games so far on tour - while Arsenal's encounter with New York Red Bulls also generated huge interest.

As a result, United have already been invited back to the US next summer, with the club ready to accept the offer.

However, while $1m will further boost Van Gaal's war chest, the financial rewards are secondary to those on the pitch when Liverpool are the opposition.

Darren Fletcher, who has captained United during their four-game tour, believes the clash against Brendan Rodgers's men will provide an accurate gauge of the team's progress under Van Gaal.

"We have just beaten Real Madrid, the European champions, and we now want to go on and beat Liverpool," Fletcher said. "That is the sort of thing that gives the squad confidence and shows how far we have come."

Only a couple of hundred invited guests turned up at the Sun Life Stadium to watch United's final training session in America.

The session was more of a warm-down as they only played Real Madrid on Saturday night.

Rodgers, meanwhile, believes Miami will play host to the "biggest club game in the world" as he looks to end Van Gaal's unbeaten run as United manager in the States.

He said: "It's more than football. It's life. It is two cities, not very far apart, but historically they have always been huge rivals.

"It's arguably the biggest game in the world and for it to be here in the United States is wonderful for the supporters and the organisers. They are the two biggest clubs in Britain and two of the biggest in the world so it will be a fantastic game and we are looking forward to it.

"Not many of these games are friendly. You saw the Manchester City game was competitive. Top players see every game as a competition. There are never too many friendlies playing for Liverpool. The game on Monday will be equally competitive."

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