4 times Liverpool beat Manchester United to Player Transfer

The rivalry between Merseyside giant Liverpool and Premier League giant Manchester United is one of the greatest rivalries in world football.

Both English sides have enjoyed great dominance over the rest of Premier League teams for a long period in their history and as a result, are England’s two most successful football clubs.

For Bob Paisley’s unbelievable Liverpool of the 70s and early 80s, see Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils side of the Premier League era. For Liverpool’s 19 English League titles or Premier League titles, see Manchester United’s 20.

And it is a football rivalry that has always carried on and off the pitch and even into the transfer market, and Footy Accumulators works even during these transfers.

It appears this summer transfer might be no different, with reports claiming Manchester United are interested in signing Liverpool transfer target Ibrahima Konate, who is expected to attract about £40 million.

We take a look back at five recent signings which were thought to be heading to Old Trafford, only to end up at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino

It is believed that Man united were the first club to show their interest in Roberto Firmino back in 2015.

But while United were waiting for the South American to complete his commitments at the Copa America in Chile, Merseyside giant Liverpool stole a march by flying over to Chile to complete the mega-deal.

In the end, the Reds paid his German club Hoffenheim £29 million and it proved to be a great piece of transfer business, as he helped the Premier League giants win the UEFA Champions League and claim a first Premier League title in thirty years.


In 2018, barely seven days would go by without the South American being linked to Premier League giants Manchester United.

But at long last, it was The Reds of Liverpool who triggered his transfer, and two days after their UEFA Champions League final loss to La Liga giants Real Madrid, the club confirmed they would be completing the signing of the Brazilian.

However, Fabinho later told reporters: “I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was never an official offer from United.”

Sadio Mane

In the summer of 2016, Manchester United seemed to have captured Senegalese forward Sadio Mane, but Liverpool came along with their killer instinct and stole him from United’s noses.

Sadio Mane said in 2019: “I was really, really close because I even met up with them [United],”

“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 in the same week, Klopp called me.”

Virgil van Dijk

One of the allegations thrown Manchester United’s way recently has been their lack of strategic thinking when it comes to buying players.

This was more evident in their attempted signing of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool’s interest in the centre-half was well known for over a year before, if not even longer.

Yet by the time the Red Devils put the call into the defender, he had already had his medical test with Liverpool, and the transformative £75 million acquisition was completed soon after.


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