It’s not a derby but games between Liverpool and Manchester United are always some of the most anticipated fixtures on the Premier League calendar. Always full of incidents, goals and cards, let’s look back at five of the best encounters between to two clubs.
MAN UNITED 2-2 LIVERPOOL, 1995
Let’s start it off with a draw. Any game between these two clubs comes preloaded with drama but the return of Eric Cantona from suspension due to his famous kung-fu-kick added to this early October meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Merseyside club found themselves with a 2-1 lead after their own talisman, Robbie Fowler, had first cancelled out Nicky Butt’s opener, (set up by Cantona) and then put his side in to the lead and it seemed as though they were going to record a very satisfying win at their rival’s home but with twenty minutes left on the clock Ryan Giggs was brought down in the box and only one man was ever going to take it.
MAN UNITED 1-0 LIVERPOOL, 1996
Deadlocked in October 1995 the two sides met again in the FA Cup final in May 1996. As ever it was a tough, tense affair. Battles raged through the middle of the park and there were precious few chances created. With five minutes to go David James half punched a corner clear, it landed just outside the box at the feet of Eric Cantona and the rest is history.
MAN UNITED 1-4 LIVERPOOL, 2009
Perhaps Liverpool’s finest ever performance against Manchester United. The Red Devils and Nemanja Vidic in particular simply could not cope with this rampaging Rafa Benitez led Liverpool. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the opener but goals from Fernando Torres, Stephen Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio and a stunning lob from Andrea Dossena sealed a famous win for the Merseyside club.
LIVERPOOL 0-1 MAN UNITED, 2007
Neutrals might look at John O’Shea as something of a journey man but to Ireland and Manchester United fans, he is a hero. Nutmegging Figo sealed his place in Irish hearts forever while his stint in goal, his chip against Arsenal and most importantly his late late winner in front of the Kop guaranteed he’ll never need to put his hand in his pocket in Manchester for the rest of his life.
LIVERPOOL 3-3 MAN UNITED, 1994
We’ll end it with another draw, this one is from down at the back of the vault. United were riding high having been crowned champions for the first time in 26 years and when they eased in to a 3-0 lead after just 25 minutes it seemed as though things were only getting better for the Manchester side but Liverpool showed why, despite not winning the title for many years, they are always considered one of the top clubs in England, when they clawed their way back in to the game. Nigel Clough netted twice to set United’s nerves on edge before Razor Ruddock send Anfield wild with a thumping header.
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