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The last time Manchester United and Liverpool were tied on points at the top


Manchester United and Liverpool and the two most decorated teams in English football, and yet – oddly – since the Premier League was founded in 1992, you would do well to remember a real title race between the two.

In the 28 seasons before this, only once the two football behemoths both finished in the top two – when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side propelled the Merseysiders to the top of the pecking order in 2008/09.

For much of the past three decades, Liverpool and Manchester United have been sliding doors, passing like giant ships through the night, whatever other rubbish metaphor you can think of, that just says “As soon as one is good, the other is screwed”.

United are tied on points with Liverpool after win over Villa
United are tied on points with Liverpool after win over Villa | LAURENCE GRIFFITHS / Getty Images

But hello, what fresh hell is this? ARE THEY GOOD NOW ?! Well, that might be a bit of a stretch, but the table isn’t lying, and the point is, they’re currently leading a disappointing group.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp’s respective sides have both taken 33 points in their 16 Premier League appearances so far this season, the latter leading due to goal difference.

With other teams in the league holding games in hand due to coronavirus postponements, it’s more than likely that they won’t be the only team vying for the title this year, but you’d be a miserable football fan. if you weren’t at least a little excited that England’s two biggest clubs are rekindling their rivalry at the top of the table.

So when was the last time the pair were tied on points in the Premier League? And don’t try to be smart and say “at the start of every season lol” – we’re talking once the season has started.

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Of course, the two teams were tied with three points after the opening week of the 2019/20 season – after Liverpool hit Norwich 4-1 and the Red Devils did better by beating Chelsea 4-0 – but the similarities in their respective campaigns ended there. while Liverpool decided to roll the league, losing just two points in the first 27 games (United were a bit more ‘wasteful’).

But ignoring times when the table was still in its infancy, the last time both teams had exactly the same points, Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz topped the UK music table with ‘Number one‘, Wayne Rooney’s hairline was all his work and Federico Macheda was the heir (not the hair) apparent to Old Trafford.

May 9, 2009 was the date for those of you trying to resolve the issue, which means United and Liverpool haven’t been at the top of the table together for more. 11 years old.

Nemanja Vidic and Steven Gerrard face off in 2009
Nemanja Vidic and Steven Gerrard face off in 2009 | ANDREW YATES / Getty Images

The duo had racked up the same number of points weeks earlier after Andrey Arshavin’s game, with the little Russian scoring four goals at Afield to seriously damage Liverpool’s qualifications in a 4-4 draw.

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard inspired 3-0 against West Ham weeks later, saw them once again put the brakes on the defending champions, although United’s two games meant they were now favorites.

And so it turned out; Ferguson’s side would lose just two points in their last four league games as they won their 18th league title, tying Liverpool’s record.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Mike Phelan
Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates with Premier League trophy in 2009 | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Could this finally be the year we see the two Northwestern powers fighting at the top of the table again?

Put aside any dislike you might have for either club – that would be beautiful to see.