Marcus Rashford has not hesitated to name Liverpool as Manchester United’s biggest rivals as Jürgen Klopp’s side look to turn the tables on the Red Devils this season.
Marcus Rashford has confessed that he hates Liverpool more than any other football club, including Manchester City, when he talks about Manchester United’s biggest rivals.
Liverpool and United are the two most successful English clubs of all time and have long been regarded as the top match in the country. Together they have won 39 league titles, 20 FA Cups and nine Champions League and European Cup titles.
Manchester United have a slight lead in league titles, having won 20 to Liverpool’s 19. But when it comes to European competitions, the Reds can boast having doubled United’s success in the competition with six against three.
Manchester City’s rise under Sheikh Mansour has breathed new life into the Manchester derby, but when Rashford named the club he hates the least, he looked beyond United’s close neighbors and admitted Liverpool were still seen as Old Trafford’s biggest scalp.
“Liverpool,” he told Gary Neville on the latest episode of Sky Sports’ The Overlap. “I don’t like any of them, but I dislike Liverpool even more.”
According to Liverpool ECHO, Liverpool and United have won 131 major trophies since their inception at the end of the 19th century. Their rivalry as cities, on the other hand, dates back to the Industrial Revolution, which was based on economic competition between the two northern power centers.
While Rashford singled out Liverpool as United’s biggest rival, the England international snubbed the Reds by betraying their toughest opponent. “I would say probably Kyle Walker,” he said. “His physical ability is just amazing, so it’s always a tough day.”
“You have to try to catch him off guard or in the wrong position, but even then he can recover. I just try to drift into places where he can’t drift and he has to pass me.”
Rashford enjoyed his best campaign to date last season, scoring 30 goals in all competitions as United won the FA Cup and finished second to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
He scored 17 Premier League goals, helping Erik ten Hag’s side finish two places and eight points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool. Rashford also scored two World Cup goals in group stage wins against Iran and Wales.
Jürgen Klopp’s side are aiming to turn the tables against Manchester United this season, aiming to return to the top four after finishing out for the first time since 2016.