Comparing Liverpool and Man United’s illustrious trophy cabinets

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrating with the Premier League trophy and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrating with the Premier League trophy

Manchester United and Liverpool are the most successful clubs in the history of English football – but how do the two compare?

Liverpool dominated English and European football in the 1970s and 80s while United struggled following Sir Matt Busby’s departure.

But Sir Alex Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford in 1986 and recovered from a difficult start to guide United through the most successful period in their history.

They won a staggering 38 trophies during Ferguson’s 26-and-a-half years in charge and that’s more than half of their overall total.

Since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, the pendulum has swung again and Liverpool have become one of the best teams in the world under Jurgen Klopp.

We’ve taken a look at the stats to see how their two trophy cabinets compare.

As the stats show, Liverpool and United currently have the same number of overall trophies following Klopp’s side 1-0 win over Manchester City in the 2022 Community Shield.

But the Red Devils still hold the record for the most league titles and the most Community Shields.They are also the second-most successful club in FA Cup history and have won a few continental honours, including three European Cups.

Liverpool also have some impressive records and no English side has won more League Cups, European Cups, UEFA Cups or UEFA Super Cups than them.

Some people will argue that the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup are just glorified friendlies. If you remove those two from the list, Liverpool have 46 trophies and United have 44.

United are also in the middle of a trophy drought and Liverpool will be hoping to overtake their arch-rivals in 2022-23.

Liverpool

England

– League titles: 19 (1901, 1906, 1922, 1923, 1947, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 2020)

– FA Cup: 8 (1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006, 2022)

– League Cup: 9 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2022)

– Community Shield: 16 (1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2006, 2022)

Europe

– European Cup: 6 (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2015, 2019)

– UEFA Cup: 3 (1973, 1976, 2001)

– European Super Cup: 4 (1977, 2001, 2005, 2019)

World

– FIFA Club World Cup: 1 (2019)

Total: 66 major trophies

Manchester United

England

– League titles: 20 (1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)

– FA Cup: 12 (1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2016)

– League Cup: 5 (1992, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2017)

– Community Shield: 21 (1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1977, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016)

Europe

– European Cup: 3 (1968, 1999, 2008)

– Europa League: 1 (2017)

– European Super Cup: 1 (1991)

– European Cup Winner’s Cup: 1 (1991)

World

– Intercontintentinal Cup: 1 (1999)

– FIFA Club World Cup: 1 (2008)

Total: 66 trophies


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