“Matt Busby is without the doubt the greatest manager that ever lived.
“I am not saying I think he is the greatest manager, I am saying he is the greatest manager. Facts can prove that.”– Bill Shankly
There was an air of grace and refreshing honesty when Bill Shankly spoke these words, given the keen enmity that Liverpool and Manchester United shared. Shankly’s words may have come before Sir Alex Ferguson’s modern day magnificence but they bring measure to Busby’s almost non-quantifiable effect on Manchester United and English football as a whole.
The rivalry has perhaps grown more bitter and fierce as the years wore on. Occasional violence, callous words and sly provoking persisted from both sides as Manchester United rose to compete with their foes from the other end of the East Lancs Road. From 1963, Liverpool and United locked horns in a vicious fight for English supremacy.