Liverpool or Manchester United? Forget what you know about any other English football rivalry, this is it. There is no sectarian divide here, but the sheer hatred that springs forth when these two meet would not be out of place if there was one.

These are the bastions of English football. Although it is the oldest football championship in the world, it has only run for one hundred and twenty years (109 real seasons due to two world wars) and these two have won about a third of them, 36 divided equally. His closest challengers, Arsenal, are 13.

I just want to compare Liverpool's reign with Manchester United's reign. There have been a total of 23 different winners of the Football League / FA Premier League in the 109 seasons until 2008-09. Liverpool and Manchester United are tied for 18 each, Arsenal 13, Everton 9, Aston Villa 7, Sunderland 6, Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday 4, Wolves, Leeds, Huddersfield, Chelsea and Blackburn 3 each, then Preston North End, Spurs, Derby County , Manchester City, Burnley and Portsmouth 2 each with a win each for the WBA, Ipswich, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest.

Taking the starting point purely from the 1967-68 season, the beginning of the brackets of the 25th season of Manchester United, we can see that until the 1991-92 season included, there were a total of 8 different winners of the first division. Liverpool topped the list with 11, followed by Arsenal, Everton and Leeds with 3, Derby County with 2 and Manchester City, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest with one each. Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992-93 and Manchester United's return to winning form, there have been a total of 4 winners over a period of 17 seasons (until 2008-09 inclusive). Manchester United top the list with 11, Arsenal have 3, Chelsea 2 and Blackburn Rovers a single win. During this time, Manchester United have not finished outside the top four and Arsenal just three times. Since 2004-05, when Everton took its city competitors to Liverpool to fifth place, the first four have always been Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

But what are the reasons for this apparent polarization? Money is the easy answer, but I'm not entirely convinced that this is the case. Traditionally, Manchester Untied has been the richest of all English football clubs. However, this did not help them until 1992-93 and before 1967-68 they took their turn with all the other teams as winners: after winning in 1966-67, they had 7 wins, just as Liverpool and Arsenal did with Everton, Sunderland and Aston Villa in 6 each.

No, I think it's much more because of a good administration: it must be, all the money in the wrong hands, Ron Atkinson, Gerard Houllier, to name but two. In Liverpool's dominance period, they always had money to spend when needed, but Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Gain and Kenny Dalglish knew what they were all about, just as Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson did. Arsene Wenger has kept Arsenal looking for the top in the Premier League through the constant development of young players. Looking back in time, Herbert Chapman, the architect of the 3 consecutive victories in Huddersfield Town in the 1920s and the five Arsenal titles in 1930, 3 of which were consecutive, were also an excellent manager. For more information visit this website

So does this answer the first question? To be honest, the original question was probably rhetorical as there are 90 other teams in the league in England and Wales. Which football team you support is obviously due to many things. People say that geography should be the most important consideration and I have a lot of sympathy for it. However, young children who do not live in Liverpool or Manchester seem to go with the flow and follow the most successful team or the team their father supports. Nationally, Arsenal and Chelsea appear to be less popular than the big two: Manchester United is the nation's football team and has probably held this position since 1958; The Liverpool fan base probably grew exponentially in the 70s and 80s as they all won before them.

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So does this answer the first question? To be honest, the original question was probably rhetorical as there are 90 other teams in the league in England and Wales.