World’s fans head for England’s Premier League double drama – United v City and Liverpool v Everton

It is, as Dag Langerød says, “a massive day” – Manchester United versus Manchester City, with Liverpool against Everton as an aperitif. Two derbies, major events in a footballing calendar, have fallen on the same day, throwing an unusually intense spotlight on the north-west of England.

This corner of the British Isles has the Lake District, Antony Gormley’s statues in the sea and, in Coronation Street, perhaps the most famous soap opera in the world. But in the era of a globalised television audience for sport, this is a weekend to illustrate the depth and reach of England’s most successful footballing region.

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