Saturday 1 October 2016

Man United v Liverpool - Five classic encounters

Published 11/09/2015 | 12:01

Fernando Torres leaves Nemanja Vidic in his wake during the 4-1 victory at Old Trafford in 2009
Fernando Torres leaves Nemanja Vidic in his wake during the 4-1 victory at Old Trafford in 2009

The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is more fierce than probably any other in the top flight and England's two most decorated clubs go head to head again on Saturday.

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United did the double over their arch-rivals last season, including a 3-0 win at Old Trafford, and Press Association Sport looks at some of the memorable moments between the pair on that ground.

Manchester United 3 Liverpool 2, September 2010

United striker Dimitar Berbatov was in one of those moods as he majestically put the hosts 2-0 in front just before the hour, his second a brilliant overhead kick. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard pulled his side level with a penalty and free-kick only for Berbatov to have the final say with a towering header six minutes from time to complete United's first hat-trick against their arch-enemies since 1946.

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4, March 2009

Forever remembered as the game Fernando Torres terrorised Nemanja Vidic to the point where the Serbian was sent off, this was Liverpool's best win at Old Trafford in 73 years. Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty was cancelled out by Torres before Gerrard also scored from the spot. Fabio Aurelio scored from the free-kick awarded for Vidic's second yellow card but the most unlikely scorer was much-maligned full-back Andrea Dossena.

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1, FA Cup, January 1999

It could not be known at the time but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's last-minute goal was to prove a pivotal moment in United's treble-winning season. Liverpool had led the fourth-round tie through Michael Owen's third-minute strike but, establishing a trend which would manifest itself with even greater significance in Europe later in the season, United turned things around in the last two minutes through Dwight Yorke and then Solskjaer.

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 2, October 1995

The return of the King. Eric Cantona's comeback from his eight-month suspension for his kung-fu kick on a fan was always going to be explosive and the Frenchman was instrumental, creating the first for Nicky Butt and finishing with a flourish after converting a penalty equaliser and then twirling around the stanchion behind the goal. Two remarkable goals from Robbie Fowler were virtually relegated to a sideshow.

Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0, April 1965

Liverpool arrived at Old Trafford as champions but found themselves totally outplayed. Denis Law scored either side of half-time while John Connelly got the other as United also twice hit the post and had two shots cleared off the line.

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