If anyone knows how to defeat City and Pep Guardiola, it is Liverpool's coach, and this clash in New Jersey promises to be a taster for next season's title race in England.
City should also showcase their big summer signing, Riyad Mahrez, as they look to build a squad capable of winning the Champions League next season.
With the two clubs meeting in the Europa League semifinals, this clash in Singapore will offer the Gunners a quick chance for revenge as they prepare for the new campaign.
The big question mark hanging over Arsenal as they head into the summer, however, is how they adapt to new manager Unai Emery following 22 years under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal's failure to challenge for Champions League qualification via the Premier League has left him work to do and there are a host of new faces already at the club, with Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Matteo Guendouzi all set to play a part.
Mesut Ozil is even on the plane after a poor World Cup with Germany. Could this meeting with Atletico be the start of a new era or simply more of the same for the Gunners?
The biggest game in English football is set for The Big House -- the giant home stadium of the University of Michigan football team -- with Manchester United and Liverpool aiming to draw an even bigger crowd than the , attendance for United's friendly against Real Madrid in the stadium in August The two clubs, which have won 38 English titles between them United 20, Liverpool 18 , met outside England for the first time in , when they contested the final of the ICC in Miami, with Louis van Gaal's United winning on that occasion.
With the two teams expected to emerge as the closest challengers to Manchester City in the Premier League next season, this encounter could give clues as to which will be the best bet to dethrone Guardiola's men.
This game might have been on the undercard this summer prior to the incredible encounter in the Stadio Olimpico that saw Roma overturn a first-leg deficit against Barcelona to eliminate the La Liga giants in the Champions League quarterfinal stage.
After that unforgettable night in Rome, this meeting between the two sides in Texas has become one of the must-see games of the summer, with Barca offered an early chance to hit back.
For Roma, the fixture will be an opportunity to gauge their prospects of winning Serie A for the first time since next season, while Barcelona simply need to get the Champions League defeat out of their system as quickly as possible.
This is a game that has become an annual "Who will Gareth Bale be playing for? So far, the Wales winger has remained at Real Madrid, but speculation continues to link the former Tottenham man with a big-money move to Old Trafford, especially after Cristiano Ronaldo's exit.
Jose Mourinho is a confirmed admirer of the year-old, who is expected to be involved throughout this summer's ICC due to Wales' failure to qualify for the World Cup.
With or without Bale, Mourinho is expected to make wholesale changes to his squad, though has only brought in Fred and Diogo Dalot thus far.
The outbreak of the First World War disrupted domestic football, and following the resumption of competitions in Liverpool asserted themselves on domestic football with a brace of league Championships while United found themselves in steep decline that saw them relegated in Between and the outbreak of the Second World War, neither team won any more competitive trophies outside of local regional trophies, with Manchester United spending three separate periods in the Second Division.
After the Second World War, Liverpool again became English champions in before the clubs' roles reversed once more, with the Merseysiders dropping into the second tier as Manchester United found stability under the management of former Liverpool captain Matt Busby, winning the FA Cup in and then three league titles and Charity Shields apiece in the s.
During this time, future Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was approached by then Liverpool chairman Tom Williams and asked, "How would you like to manage the best club in the country?
Following Liverpool's promotion under Shankly in , the two clubs found themselves in direct competition with each other for the first time, sharing four league titles between and , as well as the FA Charity Shield.
Following this, though, the two sides began to drift in opposite directions once more. United's title victory of would be their last for 26 years,  while Liverpool would enjoy nearly 20 years of sustained success, winning 11 league titles, 19 domestic cups and seven European trophies from to It was during this period, in the late 70s and early 80s, that the modern day rivalry between the two clubs truly began to get heated.
According to football sociologist John Williams, United had developed a "glamour and media profile" but didn't have the success to match it and Liverpool fans felt the Red Devils were "media darlings who got far too much publicity".
There was a perception in Liverpool that their hugely successful but 'professional' and 'workmanlike' teams were always somehow in the shadow of the stars at Old Trafford.
This led to a derisory United nickname in Liverpool; "The Glams". Manchester United's year spell without a league title has been mirrored by Liverpool since , when the Reds clinched their last league title.
Meanwhile, United's dominance since has seen them win 13 league titles, 23 domestic cups and seven European trophies.
Despite their contrasting fortunes, though, only six times since have neither Liverpool nor United finished in the top two of the league table — in —81, —04, —05, —15, —16 and — and even during five of those six campaigns, another piece of silverware was still taken home by one of the two clubs; Liverpool paraded the European Cup and League Cup in , while Manchester United lifted the FA Community Shield and FA Cup in the season and Liverpool claimed the Champions League in While Liverpool and Manchester United's successes are almost identical in number, their systems of achieving these successes vary considerably.
Liverpool built their dominance on a dynasty known as the Anfield Boot Room. The boot room itself was where strategy for future matches was planned, however, it became a breeding ground for future Liverpool managers following the arrival of Bill Shankly in Following Shankly's retirement in , having secured eight trophies in 15 years, Bob Paisley stepped into the vacant manager's position and amassed 20 trophies in 9 seasons.
Kenny Dalglish, while not an original member, was accepted into the group as the next in line for the role of manager, and he combined it with his playing duties to win Liverpool 10 trophies.
The boot room connection was finally broken in , 32 years after Shankly's arrival, with the appointment of Graeme Souness , who actually demolished the boot room itself to make way for a press room.
In contrast, Manchester United have succeeded thanks to the services of three extraordinary men, all decades apart, without the need for continuity and sustained success beyond each man's departure.
Mangnall was the first great manager of Manchester United, securing five trophies within a three-year time span of — Busby became United's second most decorated manager of all time ironically as an ex-Liverpool player and captain , winning 13 trophies at the club  including the European Cup, which saw an English team secure European football's top prize for the first time.
It was only under the Scot that United regained their glory days, winning 38 trophies during his year tenure to scale the pinnacles of both English and European football.
The rivalry has extended to the players as well: Wayne Rooney , a product of Liverpool's city rivals Everton who played for United from to , described how he grew up hating the Reds Liverpool ,  while Liverpool's Steven Gerrard took a film crew on tour of his home where he showed off a collection of football shirts he had swapped with opposing players as part of the after match routine; he pointed out that there were no Manchester United shirts in there and he would never have one of them in his house.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James said: But the rivalry became a habit, I suppose; on England trips Liverpool lads would eat at one table, United boys at another.
There was tension there and we avoided one other". I absolutely destroyed him He notably drew the ire of Liverpool fans during the match at Old Trafford during which he celebrated Rio Ferdinand 's last-gasp winner  by running to the stand where the away fans were seated while kissing the crest on his jersey and appearing to shout angrily towards them; he was fined and given a two-match ban by The Football Association but has stated on multiple occasions that he has never regretted his actions.
Previously in a Manchester derby during the —04 season, Neville was sent off after attempting to headbutt Manchester City's ex-Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman: In a retrospective special leading up to the January match up at Old Trafford, Neville and his fellow Monday Night Football pundit and retired Liverpool one-club man Jamie Carragher both acknowledged that it was actually not uncommon for both United and Liverpool players, particularly locally-born youth academy graduates such as Bury -born Neville and Merseyside natives Gerrard and Robbie Fowler , to celebrate in front of rival fans and that "you just got to take it in the chin".
This included the FA Cup fourth round tie between the two clubs again at Anfield , which Liverpool won. The FA decided against any further action against either club or the players involved.
Since the transfer of Phil Chisnall from United to Liverpool, no player has been transferred directly between the two clubs. In , there was a bid from Liverpool to sign Gabriel Heinze from United, but United refused to allow him to join their biggest rivals due to the ongoing feud.
United claimed that it was agreed Heinze would only join a foreign club if he chose to leave. The Manchester United fans who once chanted "Argentina" in honour of the player then turned their backs on him.
Heinze was eventually sold to Real Madrid instead. Both Manchester United and Liverpool are among the most popular football clubs and sporting organisations globally.
Both are in the top 25 in Europe with Manchester United considered to have the largest following of all, as well as having one of the highest average home attendances in Europe and boasting a large travelling support.
The leveraged takeover of Manchester United by the Glazer family created a schism amongst Manchester fans, directly causing the creation of F.
With the rise of football hooliganism across English football during the s and s, matches between the two clubs brought some minor and major incidents of hooliganism.
This is more likely due to an increase in Police presence and CCTV with huge steps taken to keep the fans separated.
To this day, both sets of fans still hold a resentment toward each other. As well as physical violence, sections of the clubs' fan bases often taunt each other with unsavoury chants about the Munich air disaster and the Hillsborough disaster respectively.
The FA Cup match at Anfield featured foreign objects thrown at United fans by Liverpool supporters, including human excrement. The article also claims that six Manchester United fans were ejected from the stadium due to bad behaviour.
In March , before Liverpool's first leg tie at Anfield against Manchester United, it was reported that a group of Liverpool fans hung a "Manc Bastards" banner on the M62, as 2, Manchester United supporters made the trip to Anfield.
Liverpool won the match 2—0. Before the second leg tie at Old Trafford. Liverpool drew 1—1, and progressed to the Europa League quarter-finals against Borussia Dortmund.
The first ever meeting between both clubs came in a Football League test match in , a post-season series to determine who will receive First Division membership for — As Newton Heath finished bottom of the First Division at the end of —94 , they had to play off against the champions of the Second Division , Liverpool.
In , the two clubs met in a cup final for the first time, when they reached the final of the FA Cup. The two clubs took to the field at Wembley on 21 May, with Liverpool having just won the league title, knowing that winning this game would put them on course for a unique treble as they had the European Cup final to look forward to four days later.
However, United ended Liverpool's treble dreams with a 2—1 win, with goals from Stuart Pearson and Jimmy Greenhoff , five minutes apart with a Jimmy Case goal for Liverpool in between.
Six years later, on 26 March , the two sides met for the Football League Cup final. Liverpool collected the trophy for the third year in succession.
It was the last of Liverpool manager Bob Paisley 's nine seasons in charge during which Liverpool had dominated the English and European scene before his retirement, and his players allowed him to climb the 39 steps to collect the trophy from the Royal Box.
On 4 April , Liverpool were 11 points ahead at the top of the league and almost certain of winning the First Division title with barely a month of the league season remaining.
United, in their first full season under the management of Alex Ferguson, were their nearest rivals. The two sides took to the field for a league encounter at Anfield and with the second half just minutes old the home side had a 3—1 lead with goals from Peter Beardsley , Gary Gillespie and Steve McMahon , with United's only goal coming from Bryan Robson.
Robson then pulled a goal back for United, and with 12 minutes remaining fellow midfielder Gordon Strachan equalised to force a 3—3 draw.
Liverpool managed to claw back to draw 3—3 with two goals from Nigel Clough and another from Neil Ruddock. It was one of the last games in charge of Liverpool for manager Graeme Souness , who had resigned by the end of the month.
On 1 October , United's Eric Cantona made his comeback to the side after serving an eight-month suspension for attacking a spectator in a game against Crystal Palace.
United took an early lead through Nicky Butt , only for Liverpool's Robbie Fowler to score twice and give the visitors a 2—1 lead.
However, United were awarded a penalty in the 71st minute and Cantona converted it successfully, forcing a 2—2 draw. The game stayed goalless until the 85th minute, when Liverpool conceded a corner, which David Beckham swung into the box to be cleared by David James , only for Eric Cantona to fire home United's winner.
United were ahead at the top of the league and Liverpool were looking to make a late run to the title which had eluded them since United went ahead in the 23rd minute with a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, but Fernando Torres equalised five minutes later for Liverpool, and a Steven Gerrard penalty just before half-time put Liverpool in the lead.
The below table demonstrates the competitive results between the two sides not indicative of titles won.
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