Kenny Dalglish (May 85-Feb 91)
Graeme Souness (Apr 91-Jan 94)
Roy Evans (Jan 94-Jul 98)
Houllier / Evans (Jul-Nov 98)
Gerard Houllier (Nov 98-May 04)
Phil Thompson** (Oct 01-Feb 02)
Rafael Benitez (Jun 04-Jun 10)
Roy Hodgson (Jul 10-Jan 11)
Kenny Dalglish (Jan 11-May 12)
Brendan Rodgers (Jun 12-)
*Does not include Charity Shield games.
**Thompson was caretaker during Houllier's absence through ill health.
Gerard Houllier - Sir Alex won 45%
United's 1999 FA Cup third-round comeback lives long in the memory and Sir Alex won more matches than he lost in his tactical battles with the French coach. Although Liverpool's League Cup final win in Cardiff was disappointing, a 4-0 belting at Old Trafford a month later at least set the record straight.
Phil Thompson - Sir Alex won 0%
It is worth noting that assistant manager Thompson enjoyed two wins out of two whilst taking over the reins for several months due to Houllier’s illness. A 3-1 victory at home preceded a 1-0 triumph at the Theatre of Dreams, with Danny Murphy scoring the only goal. It was the final game in a five-match winning run against Sir Alex’s team.
Rafael Benitez - Sir Alex won 62%
United returned to dominant form in meetings with Liverpool after Benitez’s appointment in 2004. It took nine league matches before the ex-Valencia coach overcame Sir Alex, although a Peter Crouch goal did prove decisive in a 2006 FA Cup tie. The games were usually tight, eight in a row failed to see both teams score, but United often held the upper hand with John