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Top five Premier League clashes between Liverpool and Man United

| 09.03.2018

Five matches to savour since 1992

Liverpool and Manchester United have shared some memorable encounters in the Premier League era.

Who could forget the Reds’ demolition job at Old Trafford in 2009? And what about Gary Neville’s celebration in front of the away fans at Old Trafford in 2006?

The Coral News Team have raided the archives and picked out five memorable matches between the pair since 1992…

Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United – 1994                  

There have been many memorable clashes between the two clubs down the years. But this one at Anfield in 1994 still ranks as one of the best. Liverpool staged a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to rescue a draw under the lights on Merseyside.

Steve Bruce put United in-front early on before Ryan Giggs produced a stunning chipped finish to make it 2-0 with 20 minutes gone. Dennis Irwin then added a third three minutes later with a magnificent free-kick.

Then the fight-back began. Nigel Clough pulled one back just before the half-hour and followed it up with a second 13 minutes later. The Reds would have to wait until deep in the second-half for an equaliser when Neil Ruddock headed home to tie things up at 3-3.

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United – 2002

This is a game remembered not for the result, but the performance of one particular Uruguayan forward. Diego Forlan had scored just three goals in 41 appearances since joining the Red Devils from Independiente.

Yet at Anfield, the world was his oyster. After a drab first-half, Forlan capitalised on a mistake from goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek to put the Red Devils 1-0 ahead. He doubled his and Man United’s tally three minutes later with a powerful right-foot strike which beat the Polish ‘keeper all ends up. Liverpool pulled one back through Sami Hyypia late on, but the damage was already done.

Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool – 2006

Rio Ferdinand scored a last-gasp winner as the Red Devils edged four points ahead of their rivals in the Premier League table. United looked edgy without the influence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and were lucky not to go behind twice in the first-half through efforts from Djibril Cisse and Peter Crouch.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side clung on until the final stages when Ferdinand leapt highest to meet Ryan Giggs’ delivery and cannon home a header past the beaten Pepe Reina. Gary Neville was later fined £10,000 for running the length of the pitch and celebrating in front of the Liverpool fans.

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool – 2009

Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena were all on the scoresheet as Liverpool relit their title ambitions in devastating fashion at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Torres and then a Gerrard penalty gave the Reds a 2-1 advantage going into half-time. That’s how it would stay until the 77th minute. Nemanja Vidic was sent off for fouling Gerrard and Aurelio converted the subsequent free-kick. Dossena lobbed Edwin Van der Sar in stoppage time as Liverpool scored four away at United for the first time since 1944.

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United – 2011

Dirk Kuyt scored a hat-trick as Liverpool blew the title race wide-open. The Dutchman combined brilliantly with Luis Suarez on three separate occasions to plunder his first Reds treble from a combined distance of five-yards out.

His first came on 34 minutes when he got on the end of Suarez’s cross to tap home from close range. It was two five minutes later when the forward capitalised on Nani’s mistake to prod in his second from two-yards out. And he wrapped things up midway through the second-half – jumping on Van der Sar’s mistake to make it 3-0.

Javier Hernandez pulled one back in stoppage time for the visitors, who saw their lead at the top remain at three points.

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Nick Murphy