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Thursday 21 August 2014

The ten best Manchester United v Liverpool encounters

Liverpool 3 Manchester United 3
Premier League, January, 1994
If the entertainment value of Sunday's game comes even close to this six goal thriller, neutrals will be delighted. Anfield was in shock when after just 25 minutes United were in what seemed to be an unassailable lead at 3-0. Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and then a beautiful free-kick from left-back Dennis Irwin did the damage. But Liverpool responded in remarkable fashion. Nigel Clough, who did little during his time at Liverpool, scored two long range screamers before Neil Ruddock (pictured) completed a ludicrous comeback that made Anfield erupt. As amazing as the Liverpool's revival was, it wasn't enough to save manager Graeme Souness, who was sacked a month later.
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1
FA Cup, January, 1999
Manchester United's treble winning season is usually associated with the Nou Camp and the remarkable late comeback against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Yet United could never have made history that year if it wasn't for this late turnaround on a cold Sunday afternoon in January. Liverpool had led the fourth round FA Cup tie for almost the entire match after a Michael Owen strike after just 155 seconds. But with just two minutes remaining, Dwight Yorke levelled and then who else but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer grabbed the winner. Liverpool's near 80 year wait for victory over United in the FA Cup would have to wait as the players left the pitch devastated.
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 2
Premier League, October, 1995
The final classic encounter in our ten best is all about two legends from the north-west sides: Eric Cantona and Robbie Fowler. This fixture marked the return of Cantona after his suspension for jumping Bruce Lee-style into the crowd at Selhurst Park. He didn't take long to remind people of what they had been missing when he set up Nicky Butt to score the opener. But Robbie 'God' Fowler looked like ruining the party when he scored two excellent goals past Peter Schmeichel and had Liverpool on course for victory. Yet Cantona wasn't to be upstaged. He drilled home a 71st minute equaliser from the penalty spot before celebrating in front of the Old Trafford crowd with a twirl around the goal stanchion.

Manchester United make the short trip to Anfield this Sunday to face Liverpool in a mouth watering fixture.

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Sub-plots of Manchester United striker Michael Owen returning to his former club and Rafael Benitez fighting for his survival after a string of poor results only add to what is always one of the most highly anticipated matches of the season.



Source: Independent

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