Manchester United host Liverpool today, as English football’s biggest rivalry resumes yet again, with the visitors arriving at Old Trafford after suffering defeats home and away last season.
United enter the contest with a strong home record against their arch-rivals, having won four of their last five games against Liverpool on home turf. Here’s a reminder of what Old Trafford has witnessed over the last five seasons of this fixture.
David De Gea has signed a new four-year deal at Manchester United, bringing one of the most tedious and bizarre transfer sagas in recent years to an end.
The Spaniard had refused to extend his current deal, which would run out at the end of next season, and looked poised to join Real Madrid on deadline day, only for the move to collapse at the eleventh hour.
Louis Van Gaal has described the fee Manchester United paid for Anthony Martial as “ridiculous”, adding the price tag was evidence of the “crazy world we are in”.
The United manager added that the French striker was signed for his long-term potential, rather than as ready-made solution, explaining he sanctioned the transfer as he believes Martial will be a powerful asset in the hands of his eventual successor in the Old Trafford dugout.
Louis Van Gaal was confronted by a delegation of senior Manchester United over his “rigid training methods”, according to a report published by The Times on Thursday.
A number of the more experienced players are understood to have held talks with the United manager to discuss the training approach and the perceived rigidity in the tactics that have restrained United to a mere three goals in their first four Premier League games.
Sir Bobby Charlton said he was delighted the record of being England’s all-time top scorer has remained with a Manchester United player.
Wayne Rooney overtook Charlton as England’s most prolific goalscorer as he scored in the 2-0 win on Tuesday night and Sir Bobby admitted that while he was disappointed to lose the record, the blow was softened as the man who broke his record plies his trade at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney has described Sir Alex Ferguson as “the greatest manager of all times” and dismissed the well-documented row he had with his former manager as “having different opinions”.
After his final home game in charge of United, Ferguson accused Rooney of having handed in a second transfer request in three years, hinting the striker had not been happy at being played in a role he did not consider his own.
Manchester United have been dealt a injury blow ahead their match against Liverpool on Saturday, after Michael Carrick was forced to withdraw from the England squad.
The 34-year-old, who has played in all of United’s four Premier League fixtures so far this season, was expected to feature for England against Switzerland on Tuesday but has left the camp with an unspecified injury and could be in doubt for United’s meeting with Liverpool at the weekend.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has accused Manchester United of lacking experience in the transfer market, as he hinted United should shoulder responsibilities for the collapse of David De Gea’s transfer.
Perez revealed he was left frustrated by United’s behaviour, claiming it took them over eight hours to return the required paperwork to Real Madrid, which also prevented Madrid’s keeper Keylor Navas from joining United.