The difference between Liverpool and Manchester United not only this season, but over the last few years, was seen in a moment during Gary Neville's podcast.
Neville’s podcast with Martin Tyler was recorded in the Etihad media gantry following an exciting top of the table clash Manchester City and Liverpool, with the sides sharing the points in a 2-2 draw.
As Neville lamented the woes of his old club, a group of Liverpool fans, who remained in the Etihad while the rest of the stadium was empty, were greeted by Jurgen Klopp who thanked their support, which can be heard in the podcast.
The timing was ironic, as prior to his Neville pointed out the damage Manchester United is doing to manager’s reputations, while Klopp’s relationship with the fans couldn’t be more positive if he tried.
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Since Klopp’s arrival in 2015, Liverpool have become one of the greatest sides in Premier League history, with Klopp winning almost every trophy possible during his time with the Reds.
United however, have gone through a number of different managers, with no real progress. Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all suffering the same fate.
Despite all managers showing signs of success, the gap between them and sides like Liverpool has turned fans against the club, leading to the managers paying the price.
The future also remains uncertain, with current Ajax manager Erik Ten Haag expected to take over from Ralf Rangnick.
Neville believes that United could now be in a similar situation to Liverpool before Kloop arrived, leading to dark times ahead:
“This is low, this is getting really low, at this moment in time, and it will come back and you look forward to this day.
But those Liverpool fans over in that far corner, they’ve been where Manchester United have been. They’ve been in those low moments where Manchester United have been winning, and they didn’t have a team that they maybe could’ve been as proud of.
Maybe it’s time for Manchester United fans to look over their shoulder and think we’ll be back their one day.
But maybe it’s time for those Manchester United players to look at themselves as well. I do believe players want to do well, and I believe those players want to do well, but what they’re showing now isn’t good enough.”