Carlsberg have for a few months now done an excellent job with their ‘Join the Greats’ campaign, leveraging legends of yesteryear (and the more recent past), to promote their product.
With the intense Liverpool – Manchester United clash upon us later this weekend, Carlsberg picked the perfect moment to further implement their campaign, using two players who have proudly represented both clubs in one of England’s most heated battles (one of them ofcourse has played on both sides).
Jamie Carragher who turned out over 700 times for Liverpool, and Paul Ince who played a combined total of 300+ games for the Merseyside club and Manchester United, picked a combined XI of the players they have played with.
In another banter filled episode of team picking, the two ex-professionals put their wits to the test in an attempt to convince the other of allowing their pick to make the eleven. There was little discussion about who goes in between the posts, at left-back and on the left-wing with Carragher himself calling for Ryan Giggs to be placed in there.
The midfield trio did pull up a lot of debate, though Carragher did convince a 2:1 ratio in favour of Liverpool in the centre. But understandably the team that was put out featured 7 of Manchester United’s stars with only 4 of Liverpool’s players appearing. Though all the players deserved their spot in there, it was interesting to note that one of the individuals who did make it, played under three years in the Premier League.
The big clash this Sunday does have a slightly different touch to it as a match between these two in the second half of a league season has always had both or atleast one of the two sides in the title race. This game however, sees the two go head to head with nothing more than Champions League football in mind as both realise anything more is a bit over-ambitious.