Why don’t Liverpool and Manchester United do business?
By Chris Lappin ( @vandertodge )
It’s been over 52 years since Manchester United and Liverpool did transfer business together, when Manchester United Forward Phil Chisnall moved to Anfield for a fee of £25,000. It got me thinking if there is an unwritten policy on behalf of both Liverpool and Manchester United to not do business with each other.
You will probably remember that Alex Ferguson famously would not let Gabriel Heinze join Liverpool in 2007 and I know Michael Owen and Paul Ince have plied the trade at both clubs in recent times but you need to go way back to 1964 to find last player has moved directly between the two clubs at first team level.
There was even uproar last season on social media at rumoured the former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen was being lined up to replace Colin Pascoe as The Reds assistant manager.
As far as I know there are no other clubs who may be deemed as rivals with such policies with Arsenal and Spurs having transferred Sol Campbell directly between them in 2001 and Jack Colbeck moving to Newcastle from Sunderland as examples.
Even within the city rivalries this policy does not exist with Carlos Tevez, Peter Barnes, and Denis Law moving between United and Manchester City then Peter Beardsley, Abel Xavier and Gary Ablett moving between Everton and Liverpool.
In the old days of Matt Busby and Bill Shankly, the clubs had good relations and indeed Matt Busby is a former Liverpool player – but it seems since the 70s the relationship between the clubs has gone downhill fast.
This situation does not show any sign of changing anytime soon and the question is could maintaining such a policy be a hamper to the progress of both clubs? Or do you think Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho would book the trend and deal with each other?
But the biggest question is, would the fans accept a signing?