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United-Liverpool rivalry is good for football - Murphy

Sun 03 January 2021 | 10:20

The former Reds midfielder praised the United-Liverpool rivalry.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that the rivalry between

Liverpool

and

Manchester United

for the Premier League title is in the interest of football.

United have failed to win the league title for eight years since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. During that time, Liverpool, Manchester City and

Chelsea

have established themselves as the top English teams.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have not been able to bring the team back to its good old days, but there have been signs of progress since December 2018, when Solskjaer took over. They have become Liverpool rivals in the Premier League and are currently second in the table with only goals difference them. Murphy now praised Solskjaer's performance, claiming that the title's United-Liverpool competition was in football's favour.

"My natural instinct isn't to wish Manchester United well but I have to appreciate that seeing them in the title mix, currently joint-top with Liverpool, is good for the game,"

Murphy told Daily Mail

.

"The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City has been enthralling in recent years but nothing can compare with seeing the biggest two clubs in the country — Liverpool and United — going toe to toe.

"United's revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an example that patience can be the best policy towards a manager. There have been many times when Solskjaer has been written off or needed a result to secure his job and he's always found a way.

"That is a credit to him and perhaps a lesson to trigger-happy chairmen that you sometimes have to give managers a proper chance, particularly when they are trying to instigate long-term change."

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