Red on Red: Liverpool, Manchester United and the Fiercest Rivalry in World Football (Hardcover)

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"An exploration of the biggest rivalry in English football (soccer), between Liverpool and Manchester United, co-written by a fan of each club, and it does so by taking a select number of games from the 70s to 2020 and examining each in the context of the rivalry, the context of the times in which the game was played, and of course the players, staff, and fans involved. While in no way comprehensive, this provides an interesting window into what has become the biggest game on the English football (soccer) calendar, and how one cannot be as great as they are without humbling the other on the way."--Reviewed by Andrew


The untold story of the most contested fixture in world football

'A must read.' Henry Winter

'Superb.' Daniel Taylor

Liverpool and Manchester. Two gloriously independent-minded, eclectic, culturally vibrant places. Yet the inhabitants dislike each other with a passion that is visceral. It is a divide that spans generations, across class, gender and ethnicity. And it has grown over the years, largely driven by one thing: football.

The dark, malignant loathing shared by the followers of Liverpool and Manchester United has seeped into every aspect of life in the two cities. Football is not a barometer of disdain, as it is in places like Glasgow or Istanbul or Moscow. In northwest England, it is the engine of animosity.

How did it come to this? Why did things turn so nasty? And what does it say about the two cities in which the clubs are based?

Written by a Scouser and a Manc in a rare collaboration, Red on Red addresses the divide by talking to those involved in ten seminal football matches. It speaks to the characters who patrolled and provoked the rivalry: Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Gary Neville, among many others. Also questioned are the fans, the administrators, the referees, the police, and politicians. And through each legendary game, its authors tell the full story of the most extraordinary division not just in football, but in modern Britain.

This is Red on Red, a rivalry like no other.

About the Author

Phil McNulty is a Liverpudlian by birth and attended the same school as Wayne Rooney, De La Salle, albeit slightly earlier than England's record goal scorer. He was first-hand witness to many clashes between Liverpool and Manchester United working as an award-winning journalist for the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo. He became BBC Sport Chief Football Writer in 2000, has covered five World Cups, five European Championships and reported on numerous Champions League and FA Cup Finals. He also broadcasts on BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 4. The UK Press Gazette ranked him among Britain's top 50 sports journalists. Jim White became a United fan the day he first went to Old Trafford with his school mates rather longer ago than he would wish publicly to admit. An award-winning broadcaster and journalist, he has written a number of books including the critically acclaimed You'll Win Nothing With Kids and Manchester United: The Biography.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780008489151
ISBN-10: 0008489157
Publisher: Harpernorth
Publication Date: March 14th, 2023
Language: English