To whet your appetite ahead of this afternoon’s match here’s some classic Manchester United v Liverpool encounters in league and FA Cup. Starting with the 1977 FA Cup final through to Gary Neville’s now infamous victory celebration in front of the Liverpool supporters at Old Trafford in 2006. Add your own favourites in the comments section.
United 2 – 1 Liverpool, FA Cup Final, Wembley, 1977
United beat the all-powerful Liverpool to the 1977 FA Cup, with goals from Stuart Pearson in the first half and then Lou Macari’s winner, cannoning in off Jimmy Greenhoff’s chest and into the net past Ray Clemence.
Liverpool 1 – 2 United, First Division, Anfield, 1981
United win at Anfield in this classic 80s mud-fest. Goals from defenders Kevin Moran, who also conceded a penalty, and Scottish full-back Arthur Albiston won the day for United.
Liverpool 3 – 3 United, Anfield, 1994
One of the best encounters of the ’90s saw United take a three goal lead through Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Dennis Irwin, before being pegged back by the jubilant scousers.
United 1 – 0 Liverpool, FA Cup Final, Wembley, 1996
Eric Cantona scores with four minutes to go at Wembley to hand United the trophy and a ‘double double’. Within a year Cantona had retired and the Kop demanded that the Frenchman return when United had won 18 English titles. Welcome back Eric!
Man Utd 2 – 1 Liverpool, FA Cup, Old Trafford, 1999
Part of United’s historic ’99 treble season, the reds’ two late-late goals sealed an FA Cup Fourth round win at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s injury time winner almost lifted the roof off a euphoric Stretford End.
Diego Forlan scores twice, Anfield, 2002
Poor old Jerzy Dudek allows one effort to go through his legs and gifts Diego Forlan another as the Uruguayan scores twice at Anfield to sealed legendary status amongst the United faithful!
Wayne Rooney strikes at the Kop End, Anfield, 2005
Former Everton forward Wayne Rooney scores United’s winner at the Kop end. The striker took some abuse on the day and was more than happy to repay the compliment!
Gary Neville shows what it’s all about, Old Trafford, 2006
Gary Neville is a red, is a red, is a red, he hates Scousers!