10 transfer battles between Man Utd and Liverpool – and that ended up with the best deal


Liverpool will therefore not participate in any summer auction for Jadon Sancho, who will be music to the ears of Manchester United.

Jurgen Klopp has long been linked to a raid on his former club Borussia Dortmund for the English international, but the Reds are expected to withdraw from the race as they try to focus on other targets.

Sancho is now linked to switches at both United and Chelsea, and Champions League football may be a determining factor in his next decision.

Whatever happens, the 20-year-old will not be the target of the final showdown between former rivals United and Liverpool who, as we will show, have locked multiple horns on multiple players in the past.

Roberto Firmino

Firmino finally chose to join Liverpool

United was the first to show interest in current Liverpool number 9 in the summer of 2015, but in the end their rivals were literally ready to go the extra mile to close the deal.

As United prepares for the Hoffenheim striker to end his engagement with Brazil at the Copa America, the CEO of Liverpool traveled to Chile to close the £ 29 million deal.

Memphis depay

Dutchman flattered to deceive at Old Trafford

Before Firmino’s signing, it was Memphis Depay who was the name written big on Liverpool’s transfer rumor mill in the summer of 2015, with PSV star Eindhoven identified as a prime target for the summer.

United then signed it, much to Liverpool’s dismay.

“In the end, it was only a question of feeling, not a question of money,” said the Dutchman, although Liverpool ended up dodging a ball.


The Brazilian joined Liverpool from Monaco in 2018

For a while, the towering midfielder was seen as the last piece of the Manchester United puzzle under Jose Mourinho, and barely a week would have passed without being linked to a move to Old Trafford from Monaco.

However, it was Liverpool that plunged into a remarkably under-the-radar signing just two days after losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid in Kiev.

“I won’t deny that there have been a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there has never been an official offer from United,” Fabinho told FourFourTwo.

There probably should have been.

Phil Jones

Jones joined United from Blackburn in 2011

After only a season and a half of Premier League football at Blackburn Rovers, teenager Jones was seen as the next big thing in English football.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish even visited Jones’ house to talk to his family about joining the Reds, but when Sir Alex Ferguson’s vacation ended to seal a £ 16.5 million transfer , the boss of United knew he had beaten his former rival.

Ferguson even claimed that Jones could continue to be the greatest player in United history, which was … daring.

Sadio mane

Mane was a huge success in Liverpool

Liverpool’s Quicksilver forward could have joined United when he left Southampton in 2016.

“I was really, really close because I even met them,” Mane told us last year.

“So I was coming, I was there and I spoke with the boss who was there before [Louis van Gaal].

“They made an offer, but the same week Klopp called me. “

It was a good call.

Cristiano Ronaldo

United made a big splash with Ronaldo signing £ 12.24 million in 2003

As Ronaldo’s reputation began to flourish in Portugal, many clubs became more and more aware of the young talent in 2003.

Liverpool assistant boss Phil Thompson went to get him, and although there were concerns about his salary compared to the club’s other young talents, the £ 4m fee was charged. been listed in Liverpool, short of money, only to join him United for more than 12 million pounds sterling.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Thompson last year.

“It was amazing that the fees had tripled. He was clearly a great talent but no one could have predicted at the time how great he was going to be. “

Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the world in January 2018

Sometimes it’s really better than late.

According to The Times, the tall Dutchman had already undergone his medical examination in Liverpool in December 2017 when Manchester United called to see if he was still available.

Presumably, no one answered.

Gabriel Heinze

The Argentinian had been at United for three years

This one is a little bit different since it happened when Heinze was a United player.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez was desperate to sign the Argentinian in the summer of 2007, and the Reds offered what they thought was a £ 6.8m contract clause with Heinze eager to move.

However, Ferguson was less enthusiastic and insisted that United was not going to strengthen its big rivals in a position that led to a huge fight with Heinze.

The Scot remained firm, however, and in the Heinze was told Real Madrid for … 6.8 million pounds.

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Takumi Minamino

Minamino joined Liverpool in January

It was not so much a battle but a walk for Liverpool, which exploited the United rally to reach a deal on reduced prices for the Japanese international in December.

United was apparently unaware of a £ 7.25 million release clause in Minamino’s Red Bull Salzburg contract, and as they prepared for battle, their big rivals rushed in.

Teddy sheringham

Sheringham scored United’s first goal in their 1999 Champions League final victory

Liverpool boss Roy Evans wanted experienced striker Sheringham to add something to his attack in 1997 after Stan Collymore left, but Tottenham man also agreed there was a lot going on d’Anfield who thought he was too old at 31.

United did not do so and his four years at the club earned him five major honors.


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