I'm not going to give you a history lesson, talking about the industrial revolution, ship canals and railways. Because while that is extremely relevant to why there's such ingrained hatred amongst the two cities of Manchester & Liverpool, it won't make much difference to the players walking out under lights or the fans that have to walk along the streets of terraced houses surrounding Liverpool.
What matters is right now, this game isn't technically a derby, but it is, without doubt, the biggest game in Engish football. When United were long without a title win in the 80s, it was still the glamour tie in England. Now the roles have reversed, and Liverpool are without a title win in over a quarter of a century, but it is STILL the biggest game, for United and for Liverpool, a fact that city fans absolutely hate, seeing as United are everything to them.
Ryan Giggs has spoken about the rivalry at a Welsh Football Awards dinner, stating that "I moved from Cardiff to Salford when I was seven, you were literally growing up encouraged to dislike people from Liverpool."
Although currently out of work and looking for a role in management, Giggs laughed off the idea he could one day manage Liverpool: "No. Just a no. That’s no disrespect to Liverpool, I just wouldn’t. I would no longer have friends!"
"Liverpool is a team who for me was always our biggest rivals because growing up they were winning everything and they were the team to emulate. They are a fantastic club but the rivalry is too big for me to manage Liverpool. I'm sure Steven Gerrard would say the same about managing Manchester United. He would simply say no."
Who is the biggest rival to you?
We are conducting a poll on Twitter; about who is the biggest rivrally with United, city or Liverpool, cast your vote!
Who do YOU consider to be Manchester United's biggest rival?— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) October 10, 2016
Tell us why! #MUFC