Liverpool vs Man United nothing compared to Old Firm derby or Birmingham vs Aston Villa

Liverpool and Manchester United is nowhere close to the largest rivalry in Britain – not even in England.

That’s in accordance to talkSPORT host and former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor, who ranks the Old Firm derby as the largest and most bruising, whereas additionally counting one shut to dwelling as extra feisty.



Man United and Liverpool don’t like one another – however the rivalry is just not the largest in Britain, in accordance to Agbonlahor

“Largest derby is Rangers/Celtic,” he advised talkSPORT. “It’s on my bucket checklist to go and see. Once you watch it on the TV, you possibly can really feel the adrenaline watching the sport.

“You’ll be able to really feel the environment from the followers, you possibly can see the 2 groups dislike one another. That could be a huge, huge derby. The largest in Britain by a mile, for me.

“Among the others… Manchester United vs Manchester Metropolis – probably not for me.

“Manchester United/Liverpool – sure there’s a rivalry however the gamers are shaking palms these days.”

Nobody can deny the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic, that has change into deeply embedded in Scottish soccer tradition.

As the 2 largest groups within the nation with enormous fanbases, the pair are sometimes tussling it out for the league and cups, whereas they can’t be separated.

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The Old firm is one of the fiercest derbies in football

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The Old firm is one of the fiercest derbies in football

Rangers and Celtic has often descended into chaos

Rangers and Celtic has typically descended into chaos

After enjoying one another 433 occasions, Rangers have 168 wins, Celtic are on 163 and 102 video games between them have led to a draw.

And it needs to be no shock that Villa fan Agbonlahor says the Birmingham derby is the largest sport in England.

“There may be precise hatred between each followers,” he defined.

“We at all times knew we might beat Birmingham Metropolis and we knew how a lot it meant to the followers.

“Even if you happen to had 4 or 5 dangerous video games, you go and beat Birmingham Metropolis within the Premier League and it’s kind of like, you might be forgiven for them poor performances.

Agbonlahor knows what it is like to play and score in the Second City derby

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Agbonlahor is aware of what it’s like to play and rating within the Second Metropolis derby

Jack Grealish was attacked in the last derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa

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Jack Grealish was attacked within the final derby between Birmingham Metropolis and Aston Villa

“Huge, huge derby. It will get very heated. You see the incident with Jack Grealish [attacked by a fan], you don’t actually see that in English soccer. It simply reveals the hatred between each golf equipment.”

Amongst a number of the different feisty derbies contested on these shores embody Arsenal and Tottenham’s north London derby, the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton and, bizarrely, the M63 derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton.

“Brighton-Crystal Palace? Isn’t there about 100 miles between them? Once I see them, I don’t perceive this,” Agbonlahor added.

“I really feel like Everton Liverpool, you see Everton followers in the identical finish as Liverpool followers. That might by no means occur between Birmingham Metropolis and Aston Villa.”

However not a single certainly one of them have been ranked in Agbonlahor’s prime 5.

Ranked: Gabby’s 5 largest rivalries in Britain

The north west derby between Liverpool and Man United has been known to get spiky and has produced many red cards


The north west derby between Liverpool and Man United has been identified to get spiky and has produced many purple playing cards

1. Rangers vs Celtic (Old Firm derby)

“I feel [the Old Firm derby] is my no.1 from watching it as a child. The times of Henrik Larrson [at Celtic] and Brian Laudrup [at Rangers].

“There are clearly different issues that I gained’t go into element about that sport that makes it extra aggressive.”

2. Aston Villa vs Birmingham Metropolis (Second Metropolis derby)

“Folks may say to me ‘oh it’s as a result of he’s from Birmingham’ however once I watch these different derbies and I hear about them, they don’t evaluate to Birmingham/Villa.

“I’ve performed in them, you’re feeling that adrenaline, you’re feeling that environment.

“You’re on the coach to the sport and also you’re getting stones and rocks thrown at you and the gamers have been hiding below the tables.”

3. Liverpool vs Manchester United (north west derby)

“I’m in all probability going to go Manchester United vs Liverpool for quantity three due to its historical past.

“Liverpool successful so many leagues, United then taking up, related quantity of league titles.”

4. West Ham vs Millwall (Dockers derby)

“I’ll go along with West Ham/Millwall for quantity 4.

“That could be a huge derby, Millwall are famend for having that fanbase, the corporations. West Ham aren’t delicate, both.”

5. Chelsea vs Tottenham (London derby)

One game in 2016 between Chelsea and Spurs has become known as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ due to its fiery nature


One sport in 2016 between Chelsea and Spurs has change into referred to as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ due to its fiery nature

“Ending off, I’d say Spurs/Chelsea then. Not Spurs/Arsenal.

“The explanation why is that, to me, the north London derby doesn’t appear that huge anymore.

“Spurs vs Chelsea seems to be greater due to the Battle of the Bridge. However they gamers will nonetheless all be shaking palms.”

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