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Manchester United vs Liverpool Rivalry

With two arch rivals, Liverpool and Manchester United all set to face each other for the very first time in a European Competition, UEFA Europa League is believed to fetch a momentous viewership.

Let’s look at top 5 Manchester United vs Liverpool clashes in the recent past.

  1. Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool (2009)

In what proved to be Liverpool’s impressive outing at Old Trafford in recent history, it was Fernando Torres who shook a rock solid Manchester United at their home turf. Nobody even expected it against a strong Manchester United side, but Liverpool did it in style, in a fabulous manner. Goals from Torres, Gerrard, Aurelio and Andrea Dossena guided the Merseysiders to achieve a stunning League win against Sir Alex Ferguson. As Liverpool’s players were celebrating a landmark victory, there was only misery left at The Theatre of Dreams; for once certainly an inappropriate label for the home of the champions.

  1. Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool (2010)

Including a super impressive overhead kick, Dimitar Berbatov scored an unbelievable hat trick as Rafael Benitez’ boys were undone by the Bulgarian Striker at Old Trafford. Liverpool were given an unexpected lifeline by United’s frailty in defence as Steven Gerrard netted twice within six minutes midway through the second half,  the first one from the penalty spot and the second one with a 20-yard free-kick, both were awarded for fouls on Fernando Torres, to put the Merseysiders in sight of an unlikely point. But Berbatov was keen to inflict the final say, and he scored his and Manchester United’s third goal with a towering header six minutes from time to secure a thrilling victory.

  1. Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool (2000)

Putting aside everything else this was certainly a significant win for Liverpool simply because it finally ended their dreadful 10-match losing streak in North West derbies. Liverpool’s defensive qualities see them keep Premier League leaders at bay. Danny Murphy’s extraordinary curled free-kick did all the damage, giving the Reds much needed belief to kick-start their own five-game winning streak against their arch rivals. However, it didn’t stop Fergie’s boys to win a seventh Premier League title.

  1. Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United (1994)

The never fading passion of English football came with another thriller on 4th January 1994. On a raw night, the self-belief to run, tackle, to show aggression throughout and the desire to score were displayed extraordinarily as Manchester United were hauled back from an amazing three-goal lead by Liverpool. The first five-goals coming within 28 first-half minutes – were just stunning. Both teams had promised before the match, this would be a ‘one off’ and every minute that night lived up to expectation. Manchester United’s 21-point lead against Liverpool in the league counted for nothing as the Anfield boys fought back from 3-0 down. The first half with frantic passion and commitment was replaced by a second half of clinical entertainment in which Ruddock’s 79th-minute header gave the equaliser to produce a thrilling result from such an extraordinary battle.

  1. Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool (1996)

The 1996 FA Cup final, despite the rivalry between the United and Liverpool, was a fairly unmemorable match, merely sparking into life, with playmakers Eric Cantona and Steve McManaman, marked and closed out well by Jamie Redknapp-John Barnes and Roy Keane-Nicky Butt respectively. Keane went on to stop almost every attack the Liverpool midfield threw at United. However, with just five minutes remaining on the clock, Liverpool keeper David James tried to punch a corner clear. But the ball landed just outside the penalty area, at the feet of Manchester United skipper Eric Cantona. He hit the shot goalwards, through the crowded penalty area and the ball nestled in the back of the goal and eventually winning the match for United. Cantona had been virtually marked out of the contest, but true to his form throughout the season, popped up with yet another magical moment.

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