“Come back when you’ve won 18” the banner at Anfield taunted. The idea that Manchester United could ever catch up with Liverpool’s title haul seemed unimaginable. Even if we could have predicted that these young lads coming up through the youth team were going to be as good as they were, you had to think that however many titles United won over the next couple of decades, Liverpool would carry on winning to keep the distance.

As it turns out, 1990 was the last time Liverpool won the league and United have won 12 titles since then, making us the most successful English club.

At the weekend, in response to Liverpool’s banner and our recent title win, some United fans, with balls of steel, showed up at Anfield with a “MUFC 19 titles” banner, which they displayed during the pre-match sing song of “You’ll never walk alone.”

At the players of the year awards last night, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he wishes he had taken that banner to Anfield.

“I wish I had taken that banner to Liverpool on Sunday,” Ferguson said. “I bet there were 76,000 fans wishing they had thought of that.”