Football quiz: how well do you know the Manchester and Merseyside derbies?

Do you remember these all-time records, far-flung fixtures and short-lived leads?

Which one of these four has played for Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Liverpool and Everton?

Nicolas Anelka

John Gidman

Peter Beardsley

David Johnson

Ian Rush is Liverpool’s top scorer in Merseyside derbies. Who is Everton’s?

Tim Cahill

Andy Gray

Dixie Dean

Graeme Sharp

Who is the only player to have played for both Everton and Liverpool in Merseyside derbies in the same season?

Nick Barmby

Kevin Sheedy

Abel Xavier

Dave Hickson

What was the score in Roy Hodgson’s only Merseyside derby as Liverpool manager?

Everton 1-1 Liverpool

Everton 2-0 Liverpool

Everton 4-1 Liverpool

Everton 0-3 Liverpool

Who scored the first Merseyside derby goal in the Premier League, in December 1992, when Liverpool led for one minute before losing 2-1 at Goodison Park?

Mark Wright

Jamie Redknapp

John Barnes

Ronny Rosenthal

Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off for Everton in April 2016. Who was the last Liverpool player to be shown a red card in the derby?

Steven Gerrard

Mauricio Pellegrino

Lucas Leiva

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

How many Merseyside derbies have been played since Everton last won one?





Liverpool beat Everton in the 1984 League Cup final after a replay. Where was the match staged?


Stamford Bridge

Old Trafford

Maine Road

The first Manchester derby took place on 12 November 1881. What were the teams called?

Salford and Burnage

Newton Heath and St. Marks (West Gorton)

St Ann’s Gorton and Drayton Grove

Trafford and Citizens

The Manchester derby has been contested outside of the UK once. Where?





Which player has appeared in the most Manchester derbies?

Ryan Giggs

Paul Scholes

Bobby Charlton

Colin Bell

How far apart are the Etihad and Old Trafford?

0.9 miles

2.5 miles

4.3 miles

7.8 miles

Wayne Rooney scored an overhead kick to secure a 2-1 victory for United over City at Old Trafford in February 2011. Who scored the other two goals in that game?

Micah Richards and Dimitar Berbatov

David Silva and Nani

Yaya Touré and Darren Fletcher

Sergio Agüero and Patrice Evra

Manchester City won at Old Trafford for the first time in 34 years when they beat United 2-1 in February 2008. What else was unusual about that game?

It was United’s only league defeat of the season

Alex Ferguson was not in attendance as he was at his son’s wedding

City beat United home and away that season but were still relegated

There were no sponsors’ logos on the players’ shirts

All of these players represented both Manchester clubs. Which one played for City before he played for United?

Owen Hargreaves

Andy Cole

Sammy McIlroy

Denis Law

Brian Kidd

Peter Schmeichel

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Tottenham’s Danny Rose: I have no issue with Mauricio Pochettino and never will

Rose’s dismay at being taken off at Wembley on Wednesday sparked suggestions of a rift, especially given the left-back’s recent expressions of dissatisfaction

Danny Rose felt the wound open above his left eye and the blood would not stop. The contact had come with the Apoel Nicosia substitute Roland Sallai and it was clear that the Tottenham Hotspur full-back had to come off – at least for a quick patch-up job.

Mauricio Pochettino assessed the situation and decided that “it was not necessary to take a risk”. Rose needed five stitches, there were only 20 minutes to play in what was a dead Champions League rubber and so the manager chose to keep him off and introduce Kyle Walker-Peters.

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José Mourinho faces the season’s big question – how to stop Manchester City? | Jonathan Wilson

In Sunday’s Manchester derby the United manager must call on all his pragmatism to halt Pep Guardiola’s side and keep the title race alive

This, it feels, is it. It may only be the second weekend of December but if Manchester United lose at home to Manchester City on Sunday the gap at the top of the table will be 11 points and the title race – and José Mourinho’s record of always winning the league in his second season at a club – will be as good as over.

Related: José Mourinho is growing restless in Pep Guardiola’s shade | Daniel Taylor

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Champions League draw: who can the Premier League five meet in last 16?

We break down the record-breaking achievements of the English quintet in the Champions League and look ahead to who they could meet in the next stage

Yes it is. Never before have so many clubs from one country reached this stage of the tournament. It became possible to enter five teams only from 2015-16, when the Europa League winners were awarded a Champions League place. Spain had five clubs in the 2015-16 group stage after Sevilla won that tournament but only three progressed. Manchester United’s Europa League triumph last season put them in the Champions League with Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool. Liverpool won a play-off against Hoffenheim to make it five English clubs in the group stage.

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After evidence of bullying at Aston Villa’s academy, why has the FA gone silent?

The FA was asked to investigate evidence of bullying by Villa’s youth coach Kevin MacDonald and told of a toxic culture, denied by the club. Months later the key personnel remain in place and a player who suffered ‘hell’ waits for answers

In February this year, the Premier League made a rare intervention into one of its clubs’ exalted youth academies, finding evidence of bullying and aggressive behaviour by the Aston Villa coach Kevin MacDonald and a failure by the club to respond when concerns were raised.

The father of a youth-team player had complained about MacDonald, telling the head of the academy, Sean Kimberley, and other staff, that his son had begun to show signs of depression after months of being bullied and emotionally abused by MacDonald, from April 2015 to September 2016. The father was entirely dissatisfied with the club’s desultory response, so he complained to the Premier League. It commissioned an independent review, whose conclusions were communicated to the father by letter. It said: “There is evidence of bullying, aggressive behavior, and unacceptable language by Mr MacDonald.”

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Shakhtar Donetsk manager dresses up as Zorro after Champions League win – video

Paulo Fonseca, the Shakhtar Donetsk manager, conducts his post-match news conference in a Zorro costume on Wednesday. Fonseca promised to dress up as the masked vigilante if his side qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. The 2-1 win over Manchester City sealed the club’s place in the knockout stage

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