Lizzie Arnot of Manchester United centre left celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Liverpool Women v Manchester United Women FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup football match, Tranmere Rovers FC, Prenton Park, Birkenhead, UK - 19 Aug 2018 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Liverpool v Manchester United – The story so far

Liverpool and Manchester United go head-to-head for just the third time this afternoon since United’s senior reformation last summer.

The pair are set to meet at Prenton Park in the FA Women’s Super League’s midday kick-off.

Ahead of the match, we take a look at the story so far when these two sides have met in both the league and domestic cup competitions.

19 August 2018 – Liverpool 0 Manchester United 1 (FA Women’s Continental League Cup)

Liverpool got their 2018/2019 campaign off to the worst possible start with a 1-0 defeat to newly formed Manchester United in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup at Prenton Park.

In a game of few chances, Lizzie Arnot struck the winning goal for the visitors from close range, tapping home from an Alex Greenwood cross.

If any side was going to break the deadlock, it always looked like it would be Manchester United with Casey Stoney’s side having kept home keeper Anke Preuss busy throughout. The German pulled off good saves to deny Greenwood and Jess Sigsworth in the first half before tipping a Kirsty Smith effort onto the bar late in the second period.

Preuss was ultimately beaten by a slick attacking move from United with the result being a sign of what was to come.

28 September 2019 – Manchester United 2 Liverpool 0 (FA Women’s Super League)

Manchester United finally wore down local rivals Liverpool at the Leigh Sports Village, winning the first FA Women’s Super League meeting between the two sides 2-0.

Vicky Jepson’s struggling Liverpool side hung on for 71 minutes before their resistance was finally broken.

Lauren James, Leah Galton and Kirsty Hanson all saw efforts come back off the woodwork for United during the match while Niamh Fahey had a header cleared off the line by Katie Zelem at the other end.

The turning point came 19 minutes from time when James showed great skill to create space in the box before lashing the ball into the net.

Zelem wrapped up the victory in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time with a penalty kick.

This afternoon’s match promises to be a tasty encounter contested by these two traditional footballing rivals and both sides have a point to prove after disappointing defeats last weekend.

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