6 classic Manchester United vs Liverpool matches from the Premier League era

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool (2009)

Liverpool headed to Old Trafford in March 2009 knowing that anything other than victory would in effect rule them out of the Premier League title race. Indeed, a Manchester United win would move them seven points clear of their fierce rivals, and Alex Ferguson’s men would also have a game in hand and the chance to extend their advantage to 10 points.

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Tottenham have big problems but Mauricio Pochettino deserves the chance to turn things around

The scoreline may not have been quite as emphatic, but there is a strong argument that Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion was more damaging for Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino than the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich a few days earlier.

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Crystal Palace show improvement at home to give Roy Hodgson’s side hope of successful season

The season is still young but there has been a key positive development for Crystal Palace in the early weeks of 2019/20. Only relegated Huddersfield Town collected fewer points in front of their own fans than Palace last term, with the south London side once again finishing higher up the away table than the home one – something they have done every season since 2013/14, when Tony Pulis’s side secured survival largely by making Selhurst Park a fortress.

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6 classic Manchester United vs Arsenal Premier League matches from the rivalry’s golden era

Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United, November 1997

Arsene Wenger’s first full season in charge of Arsenal ended in a dual domestic triumph, with the north Londoners winning a domestic double of Premier League title and FA Cup. They beat Manchester United to top spot in the top flight by a single point, which means their two wins against their closest challengers proved decisive.

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5 players worth keeping an eye on in the Champions League group stage

David Neres (Ajax)

Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have departed the Amsterdam Arena for pastures new, but Ajax have otherwise kept the bulk of last season’s squad intact. A repeat of their 2018/19 achievements – a domestic double and a run to the semi-finals of the Champions League – is highly unlikely, but Erik ten Hag will fancy his side’s chances of progressing from an open group containing Chelsea, Valencia and Lille.

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Leicester can confirm top-four credentials with positive performance at Old Trafford

It is still early days but after four games of the Premier League season, Leicester City are the side who look best equipped to challenge the big six. Brendan Rodgers’ charges are third in the standings heading into this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford, with two wins (against Sheffield United and Bournemouth) and two draws (against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea) representing a solid start to the new campaign.

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6 classic Arsenal vs Tottenham clashes from the Premier League era

Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham (2011/12)

Arsenal, it is fair to say, did not get off to the best of starts in 2011/12. An opening-day draw with Newcastle United was a disappointment but the worst was still to come, with the Gunners following up that stalemate at St James’ Park with a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool and an infamous 8-2 demolition at the hands of Manchester United.

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Arsenal out to end dreadful recent record at Anfield – but the performance could be as important as the result

Anfield has not been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal in recent years. Since the start of 2014 the Gunners have collected two points from a possible 18 at Liverpool’s home, with an aggregate score of 22-8 across those six matches.

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8 Premier League new boys we’re excited to watch this season

Patrick Cutrone (Wolves)

Nuno Espirito Santo switched to a 3-5-2 formation during last season, with Raul Jimenez paired with Diogo Jota up top. The acquisition of Cutrone, who joins from Milan in a £16m deal, gives the Wolves boss another option as he prepares his side for a dual domestic and European campaign.

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7 memorable Community Shield matches from years gone by

Ahead of Sunday’s showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool, we have picked out seven memorable Community or Charity Shields from yesteryear.

Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers, 1908

The first ever Charity Shield pitted Football League winners Manchester United against QPR, who did not triumph in the previous season’s FA Cup. Wolves were the victors in that competition, overcoming Newcastle United 3-1 in the final at Crystal Palace Park, but in the inaugural edition it was the Southern League champions who contested the curtain-raiser.

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