Friday, 25 March 2016

Manchester United v Liverpool (UEL)

UEFA Europa League : Last 16 :
Old Trafford, Manchester : March 17th 2016

The first leg proved to be a comfortable night for the home side as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners and Manchester United were left wondering what exactly went wrong on their way back down the M62.

Being two goals down in a European tie will always mean a metaphorical mountain to climb in the second leg. Liverpool had a great lead to protect and of course always carry the threat of catching the opposition on the counter. Manchester United looked to score three goals without reply at home to secure their place in the last 8, meaning this threat was there from kick-off at Old Trafford.

These exact fears held by Manchester United fans turned to reality as a goal seconds before half time for the Merseyside men, (while only made it 1-1 on the evening after a United Penalty was converted earlier,) effectively killed the tie, and proved so as Liverpool advanced after 90 minutes.

Hours before, around the ground at Old Trafford The Big Number 9 roamed once more to capture the supporters and atmosphere. Despite the first leg advantage held by the visiting team on this evening, as expected for a game with this match up, the crowds turned out and along with a strong Spring sun, created an impressive visual backdrop to yet another highly anticipated meeting between these arch-rivals.

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Liverpool v Manchester United (UEL)

UEFA Europa League : Last 16 : 
Anfield, Liverpool : March 10th 2016

When the draw was made for the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League at the end of February, one tie would not only stand out to English football fans, but to the footballing world.

That is the impact any game played between Liverpool and Manchester United carries with it as millions around the world stop to see who will come out on top in this legendary fixture. 

Yet when the teams' names were read out one after the other, it signalled even more significance as it would provide the first meeting between the two clubs in European competition. Despite it not being played out in the Champions League however (the competition which both these clubs are expected to target each season), the tie would unquestionably still draw in fans of the game and likely deliver the competition's most watched game in the run up to a final.

The Big Number 9 couldn't miss the opportunity to be a part of this almighty fixture in some way and so we sent cameras along to Anfield on the first leg match day to take in the sights around the ground as the atmosphere built up to this much anticipated game.

45 images provide the story ahead of the 'first half' of the tie at Anfield, which you can find below:

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