We couldn’t be closer – or further apart. Travel 30 miles from Manchester to Liverpool, traffic willing, in under an hour, but natives of either city will tell you there are light years between the people. To an outsider it’s a riddle. Proud working-class cities, founded on the sweat and toil of industrial revolution – they should have loads in common. As simplistic as it sounds, perhaps those shared histories provide the answer – it’s precisely because we’re so similar that we’re so different. In this five-part feature we assess the ups, downs and how the rivalry has changed since United and Liverpool began, regularly, going toe-to-toe for honours in the 1960s...
Honours: In the 1960s
United: Leagues 2 (1965, 1967), FA Cups 1 (1963), Charity Shields 2 (1965 – shared with Liverpool, 1967), European Cups 1 (1968)
Liverpool: Leagues 2 (1964, 1966), FA Cups 1 (1965), Charity Shields 1 (1965 – shared)
Title ticker (inc. pre-1960): United 7, Liverpool 7