Liverpool v United: The rivalry in Norway
Whenever Manchester United make the short journey to the red half of Merseyside, the reverberations are felt far beyond the North-West region where England's two most successful clubs reside.
English football has been a hot topic of discussion in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s home country for a long time. Particularly since their games were first broadcast on Norwegian TV in 1969, clubs including United and Liverpool - but especially those two - have been the talk of Scandinavian schoolyards, workplaces and leisure centres.
“EASY IF WE WIN, DOOMSDAY IF WE LOSE”
United fan Bernt Hjørnevik is the secretary of MUSC Scandinavia and has been acutely aware of the Liverpool rivalry since his childhood in Norway.
“I was born with the problem, to put it that way,”he told us this week.
“The postman who comes into our supporters' club shop can sense if we have lost - it's doomsday. The match means a lot,”said Hjørnevik, who started to support United after we beat Liverpool in the 1977 FA Cup final.
He's predicting the same outcome this Sunday and not just because it will make the mood in his office better on Monday morning.
“These matches live their own lives. It doesn’t matter how your season is going, form goes out of the window in these derbies. The Liverpool fans I know in Norway seem more scared that we will beat them, than happy to meet us.”
“I'M HOPING TO BAKE A CAKE”
Liverpool fan Anders Christensen, 45, is the chairman of the Norwegian Supporters Union for English Football in his spare time.
“It is the most important game of the season and the game with the most prestige,”said the primary school teacher.
“I’ve got lots of friends who support United, so I would love to rub it in on Sunday.”
“I’ve already bought the ingredients for Sunday but I am very nervous,”he admitted.
“I’ll be watching the game with some friends at home, so hopefully, we can bake the cake afterwards.
“It is annoying that United is the only team we haven’t beaten this season. We need to beat them,”he added.
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