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Manchester United v Liverpool preview: 10 classic battles over the the years

The fiercest rivalry in English football never disappoints. Here's 10 of the best.

by Josh Powell | March 16, 2014

Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United, Premier League 1994
United raced into a three goal lead within the opening 24 minutes. Goals from Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce and Ryan Giggs had silenced the Kop and it looked for a little while like it could turn into a rout. But two goals from £2.3million signing Nigel Clough and a header from Neil Ruddock completed the comeback with 11 minutes to go and sent Anfield wild.

Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United, FA Cup Final 1995
Liverpool turned up to Liverpool in their infamous white Armani suits but the Spice Girls could do nothing about Eric Cantona’s 85th minute winner. Blasting a volley through a crowded area after David James’ weak punch the Frenchman secured the league and cup double for United.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool , FA Cup fourth round 1999
Manchester United were on their way to an unprecedented treble but it could have been so different if Liverpool had held on to their 1-0 lead courtesy of Michael Owen’s early strike. With two minutes left at Old Trafford Dwight Yorke levelled the match and in stoppage time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer grabbed the winner. Not the last time that would happen that year.

Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool, Premier League 2006
It was far from a classic contest at Old Trafford but with United chasing the title it was an important last-gasp win. With the 90th minute about to pass Rio Ferdinand rose highest to thump a header past the helpless Pepe Reina and send the Stretford End wild. At the other end of the pitch Gary Neville endorsed himself even more to the Liverpool faithful by celebrating in front of them and kissing the badge.

Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United, Premier League 2007
At least Dick Turpin wore a mask. Liverpool dominated the majority of the game at Anfield but once again in the dying minutes United snatched it. Ronaldo’s free-kick was too hot for Reina to handle and the ball fell to a grateful John O’Shea to blast into the roof of the net.

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Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool, Premier League 2009
It was the year Liverpool were battling for the title and this victory gave them plenty of momentum. Cristiano Ronaldo had given United an early lead but that’s when Nemanja Vidic’s nightmare began. Firstly Torres took advantage of his indecision to level before Gerrard made it 2-1 from the penalty spot. Vidic was then sent off as Liverpool went on to humiliate Alex Ferguson’s men on their own patch.

Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United, Premier League 2009
This was Vidic’s third sending off in three games against Liverpool as the Merseysiders stopped an awful run off form with a huge three points as they upped their game against their biggest rivals. Torres shrugged off Ferdinand to open the scoring and David Ngog scored at the death to give Liverpool a crucial three points.

Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool, Premier League 2010
United raced into an early lead courtesy of the brilliance of Dimitar Berbatov. For his second he controlled a Nani cross on his thigh before smashing a bicycle kick thundering home in-off the crossbar. Liverpool rallied courtesy of two goals from Gerrard but Berbatov had the final say with a winning header in the 84th minute.

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United, Premier League 2011
A patched up United defence failed to deal with Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt as Liverpool put a big dent in United’s title bid. Dutchman Kuyt bagged a hat-trick from a combined total of about nine yards before Javier Hernandez got a late consolation.

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United, FA Cup fourth round 2012
Dirk Kuyt was at it again at Anfield as Manchester United were dumped out of the FA Cup after a last-minute goal sent the Kop wild. Daniel Agger opened the scoring with a towering header before Ji Sung Park swept home the equaliser with a sweet right-foot volley. Kuyt had the last laugh though latching on to an Andy Carroll flick-on to blast home and knock United out.

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