Manchester United will travel to Liverpool on Monday morning with a hat-trick of giants who have fallen in their sights.
With the unbeaten matches of Arsenal’s Invincibles and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea concluded by the Red Devils in past years, the third longest streak in the history of the Premier League could be the next.
Liverpool have a 38-game spell that dates back to the victory in Brighton almost 12 months ago.
And now the threat of United’s curse remains on the imperious favorites of the title of Anfield and Jurgen Klopp.
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Indeed, their October trip to Old Trafford saw the race face its biggest threat as Adam Lallana had to save a 1-1 draw just five minutes from time.
That game ended the Reds’ 17 game streak, just one game short of Manchester City’s Prem record.
But the top spot in the unbeaten rankings is now apparently within reach.
Chelsea put together 40 games without defeat in 2004 and 2005, when Mourinho took them to consecutive titles.
At the top of the tree is Arsenal, with their 2003/04 Invincibles season that formed most of their 49-game period in October of that year – when the Chelsea run began.
What do these two tracks have in common? United has finished them.
The infamous Battle of the Buffet unfolded in favor of the Red Devils while Ruud van Nistelrooy pushed aside his penalty demons against the Gunners with an opening in the 73rd minute before Wayne Rooney scored the win in downtime.
Mike Riley’s decision to give United the free kick has been criticized by many and a fight broke out in the tunnel of Old Trafford – Cesc Fabregas who throws a pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is fair to say that the victory to end Chelsea’s November 2005 streak was less controversial.
The Blues were unbeaten in 40 games when they headed to Manchester, where Darren Fletcher’s header got a 1-0 victory.
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Liverpool will clearly be favored when they welcome their rivals to Merseyside on Sunday, while currently 14 points at the top.
Yet visitors have suffered only one defeat in five Premier League trips to Anfield – a race that extends to one in seven including Old Trafford matches.
Liverpool’s victory was certainly significant as Mourinho was fired after losing 3-1 to Klopp’s men in December 2018.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer produced a relatively decent team against the upper sides, with a counter-attack style suitable for being a little more under pressure.
Arsenal lost United to the Emirates last month, but Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Leicester have all lost to the Norwegian this season.
Obviously, defeat certainly does not mean that Liverpool would collapse and surrender their huge lead in the title race.
Chelsea returned from their streak and ended up winning ten consecutive games and the Premier League that year.
Although Arsenal have only won one of the next five games en route to finish 12 points off the pace.
This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.