Man United and Liverpool work together closely to achieve their strategic objectives – they are rivals in name only. 

That is according to finance expert and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the Athletic revealed how intimately the two clubs collaborated on Project Big Picture.

Ed Woodward and John Henry would reportedly exchange Whatsapp messages at “unearthly hours” over the plan to restructure English football.

That plot was abandoned amid pressure from fans and fellow Premier League clubs, but old wounds were reopened in the wake of the European Super League debacle.

United fans stormed Old Trafford to protest against the Glazers before their now-postponed clash with arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Maguire explained that whatever the relationship between United and Liverpool on the pitch and in the stands, the pair have a strong alliance at executive level.

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“At boardroom level, they are on very good terms,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“They have the same objectives, which are revenue and profit-based. And they are probably the two biggest observers of that particular goal.

“They collaborated very closely on Project Big Picture and the elite clubs were all working together on the Super League. 

“In that respect, they have an excellent relationship, there’s no doubt about that.”

Woodward, United’s former chief executive, resigned shortly after the ESL was scrapped.

Henry meanwhile, Liverpool’s majority shareholder since 2010, was forced into a humiliating video apology.

In other news, major update on Liverpool bid to beat Man City and Chelsea to Erling Haaland signing.