FIFA 20 simulation of Sir Alex Ferguson's Man Utd vs Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool


Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are on course to become the greatest Premier League team in history.

With 21 victories from their first 22 matches, they're plotting a trajectory to 110 points and could be named champions more than a month earlier than any of their predecessors at Goodison Park.

No matter whether you think other sides played better football or won games by larger margins, you can't deny this Liverpool's team objective status as the competition's greatest ever.

However, even lifting the trophy with 110 points wouldn't make Liverpool the league's best ever club, because it would take something unprecedented to take that away from Manchester United.

It goes without saying that Sir Alex Ferguson never masterminded a season as incredible as Liverpool's, but 13 titles from just 21 seasons is a record that will never be matched.

Fantasy United vs Liverpool

So, if we were to put on our tinfoil hats, we could ask the question: who would win a match - Ferguson's greatest ever United XI or this current Liverpool team?

It's certainly a fascinating question and although we'll never be given a definitive answer, EA Sports can get us as close as possible with their FIFA 20 release.

Enter YouTuber 'S2G.' The FIFA player decided to test the question in December by simulating a match between United's 2008 team, featuring some older legends, and Klopp's best ever Liverpool.

Strap yourselves in then and scroll down to see the two starting XIs selected, what happened when the game was left to its own devices and our theory on what would go down.

The teams

Man Utd: Edwin van der Sar, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.

Bench: Peter Schmeichel, Ashley Young(??), Gerard Pique, Roy Keane, Nani, Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy.


Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Bench: Adrian, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Naby Keita, Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.


Match report

Liverpool created the first opening early on as Wijnaldum pushed into the final third, but Ferdinand foiled Henderson with a last-ditch tackle and Firmino saw his rebound effort saved.

Wijnaldum then had a strike of his own beaten away by Van der Sar and Van Dijk almost scored from the resulting corner, only to see his header cleared off the line by Evra.

But it was Rooney who created the best chance before half-time, seeing his bullet header clatter against the post, coming just inches away from preventing a goalless first 45 minutes. 


And after Vidic thwarted a promising chance for Salah, the opening goal finally arrived after the break from one of United's non-2008 substitutes.

Van Nistelrooy fired a superb left-footed finish across Alisson after being slipped behind the Liverpool back-line by Giggs. You have to say Alexander-Arnold should have done better.


In fact, that 60th-minute strike proved the last major opening of the game as United - newly energised - sat back on their superb defence and allowed them to absorb every Liverpool attack.

Full time: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

While this Liverpool team has proven themselves to be the best of the best, I'm inclined to think Fergie would lead his United all-stars to victory during a one-off match.

Van der Sar, Vidic and Ferdinand were the trio behind the longest clean-sheet streak in Premier League history and would subdue Liverpool's attack just as they did in the simulation.

And although the Reds have shored up their defence in recent weeks, I strongly doubt they'd stand as tall when a prime Rooney and Ballon d'Or-winning Ronaldo were asking the questions.

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Plus, a midfield of Scholes, Keane and Giggs would absolutely dominate their Liverpool counterparts, regardless of whether Klopp could hypothetically call on Coutinho to return.

They might not be the 'mentality monsters' of their Liverpudlian successors, but they'd drive a hammer through the 'heavy metal football' if it came down to 90 minutes of make-or-break action.

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