‘They’re are trying to get to our record of league titles. We don’t want them to do that’: Paul Scholes says Man United’s chief rivals will always be Liverpool and not Man City
- Manchester United host Liverpool in Premier League showdown on Sunday
- Jurgen Klopp’s side are aiming to win their first league title since 1990
- That would close them to within one of United’s tally of 20 league successes
- And that’s why United legend Scholes believes rivalry will always be so intense
Manchester United’s prinicpal rivals remain Liverpool despite Manchester City’s emergence as a Premier League force, according to Paul Scholes.
City have won three Premier League titles since their transformative Abu Dhabi takeover back in 2008, ending United’s long-standing dominance in English football’s top flight.
But Liverpool have improved under Jurgen Klopp and are level on points with City at the top of the table as they try and win a first league title since 1990.
Paul Scholes says Liverpool will always be Manchester United’s biggest rivals despite the recent successes of Manchester City
Scholes aims a punch at Xabi Alonso during a spicy Liverpool vs Man United clash in 2007
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
February 24 Liverpool (H)
February 27 Crystal Palace (A)
March 2 Southampton (H)
March 6 Paris Saint-Germain (A)
Champions League last-16, second leg
March 10 Arsenal (A)
March 16 (TBC) Wolves (A)
FA Cup sixth round
And Scholes, who played 718 matches and scored 155 goals for United, believes the rivalry with Merseyside’s reds is stronger than that with Manchester’s blues.
‘I think it’s the biggest rivalry in English football,’ Scholes told Sky Sports ahead of this Sunday’s United vs Liverpool clash at Old Trafford.
‘In a few years, if Man City carry on the way they are going, that [rivalry] might overtake it a little bit.’
United have won 20 English top-flight titles to Liverpool’s 18 but the Merseyside club can close the gap this season.
‘You’d expect the two Manchester teams to have the biggest rivalry, but I don’t think it is,’ added Scholes.
Scholes takes on Liverpool’s Jamie Redknapp and Karl-Heinz Riedle in a 1999 meeting
Scholes was on target against Liverpool as United recorded a 2-0 home win back in 2006
‘I think it’s the Liverpool-Man United thing, especially with Liverpool trying to get to United’s record of league titles. We don’t want them to do that.
‘United vs Liverpool is a big, big game and Liverpool are going really well; so are United. Hopefully they’ll beat Liverpool on Sunday.’
United go into the match with Liverpool in high spirits having beaten Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night to continue their fine form under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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