Manchester United were given a reminder of Liverpool’s recent Champions League win during an open training session in Australia – but the Red Devils got their own back.
A banner reading ‘Liverpool FC – 6x European champions’ was pulled by a plane around the WACA in Perth as the Red Devils trained during their pre-season tour of Australia.
The Perth Liverpool supporters group paid for the plane to pull the banner, which appeared above the famous cricket ground on Thursday.
It did little to affect United, however, as they trained well and began their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 defeat of local side Perth Glory. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring at the Optus Stadium on Saturday, with James Garner adding a second five minutes from time.
And United chiefs in fact saw the funny side of the banner, with one official going on to jokingly mock Liverpool after seeing it in the sky.
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“It was quite the tribute,” one United official told the Mail. “It [the banner] flew around the stadium 20 times.”
For those who don’t understand the reference: Manchester United have won the English first division 20 times, which is twice more than Liverpool. They passed the Reds’ previous record in 2010/11, and added their 20th title two years later.
So while the Liverpool banner mocked Man United for having fewer European Cups than the Reds, the United official decided to get his own back by highlighting the Old Trafford club’s excellence on the domestic stage.
Around 12,000 people are reported to have visited the WACA for the open training session, with almost £30,000 raised to go towards an integrated football league in the area.