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  • Red on Red

  • Liverpool, Manchester United and the Fiercest Rivalry in World Football
  • By: Phil McNulty, Jim White
  • Narrated by: Luke Francis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Red on Red

By: Phil McNulty,Jim White
Narrated by: Luke Francis
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The untold story of the most contested fixture in world football.

Liverpool and Manchester. Two gloriously independent-minded, eclectic, culturally vibrant places—two cities, both alike in dignity. Yet the inhabitants dislike each other with a passion that is visceral. It is a divide that spans generations, across class and ethnicity. It is a divide that has grown over the years, largely driven by one thing: football.

The dark, malignant loathing shared by the followers of Liverpool and Manchester United has seeped into every aspect of life in the two cities. Football is not a barometer of disdain, as it is in places like Glasgow or Istanbul or Moscow. In northwest England, it is the very engine of animosity.

How did it come to this? Why did things turn so nasty? And what does it say about the two cities in which the clubs are based?

Written by a Scouser and a Manc in a rare collaboration, it will address the divide by talking to those involved in 10 seminal football matches. Red on Red will tell of the characters who patrolled and provoked the rivalry: Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Gary Neville, among many others. Also questioned are the fans, the administrators, the referees, the police, even the Liverpudlian who became mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham. And through each moment of each seminal match, its authors tell the full story of the most extraordinary division not just in football, but in modern Britain.

This is Red on Red, a rivalry like no other.

©2022 Phil McNulty and Jim White (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A great insight into this ancient rivalry, the rants, duels, the reasons.... A must read." (Henry Winter, The Times)

"Superb—if you have been brought up on the greatest rivalry in football, you will love this book." (Daniel Taylor, The Athletic)

"Fascinating...a must-read not just for the fans of both of these great clubs but anyone with a passion for football." (John Cross, The Daily Mirror)

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Either type of Red this is a must listen/read.

Now I'm a United fan and I have to say please Liverpool fans stick with it, it seemed to start off very pro United but Liverpool do have their side of the book, I loved it the detail and depth of the rivalry really has a spotlight put onto it and I respect Liverpool more then when I did before listening, my only note is a personal one is I wish they talked about the 3-2 Berbatov hat trick match from 2010/11. I'll buy the book.

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Terrific Book on one of Football’s Greatest Rivalries

Jim White and Phil McNulty have done a superb job analysing and dissecting one of the great rivalries of world football. A must read for anyone with interest in English football.

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