Manchester United have been dreading the day when Liverpool finally win the Premier League title – but it has been delayed for now.

Liverpool only need six points from their final nine league games to win their first league title in 30 years.

However, they’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on the trophy as the league has been postponed until at least April 4 amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

United’s Premier League record

Sir Alex Ferguson set several Premier League records over his long and impressive career at Old Trafford.

United still hold the record for the earliest ever Premier League title win, securing the championship crown on April 14 in the 2000-01 season.


The Red Devils had beaten Coventry City 4-2 to move 16 points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the table.

Middlesbrough then beat the Gunners 3-0 at Highbury later that day and that result handed the league title to United.

Manchester City came close to winning the league on April 7 in 2018 but United’s 3-2 win in the derby meant they had to wait another eight days.

Manchester United’s record breaking team in 2000/01: Michael Steele /Allsport

Liverpool delayed

Liverpool fans would love to get one over United by breaking one of their long-standing records.

They are currently 25 points clear of Manchester City and looked set to wrap up the title this month until the Coronavirus disrupted the season.

Liverpool’s league games against Everton and Crystal Palace have now been postponed so they won’t play again until April 5 against Manchester City.

If they win at the Etihad, they’ll seal the deal and become the earliest team to ever win the Premier League title.

A draw between the two sides would mean Liverpool would have to beat Aston Villa at Anfield on April 11 to break the record.

United may have to rely on City to do them a favour because their record will remain intact if Pep Guardiola’s side win their next two league games.

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However, there’s no guarantee that the Premier League will actually return at the start of April anyway.

“We’ve got several teams in self isolation, which makes it difficult to think about that date,” Brighton chief executive Paul Barber told BBC Sport.

“Those players have not just got to self-isolate for 14 days, they’ve got to get themselves close to match fitness again, which could take another seven to 14 days.

“So we’ve got a number of complexities here, which go way beyond thinking of the finances.”

Therefore, if Liverpool don’t play again until after April 14, United’s record will be safe for at least another year.

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