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30/08/2013 07:08, Report by Ben Hibbs

Anfield: Sheasy's winner

Reliving classic Anfield memories, Ben Hibbs recalls John O'Shea's Kop moment...

Tension is always high when United visit Anfield. It’s a buzz you feel as you cross Stanley Park and dart into the away end. I always feel better inside the ground, surrounded by Reds.

For March 2007's league trip, there was added pressure ; the Reds were chasing a title not won in four years and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea had reigned for the last two. Sir Alex's men had a nine-point lead over the Blues (who had a game in hand), and were 19 points in front of third-placed Liverpool.

I recall few specifics about the game, just that it was tight, tense, very cagey. And when Paul Scholes was sent off in the 86th minute I was willing us to hang on. A point at Anfield with the run-in gathering pace wasn't bad. But United got a free-kick on the left wing in front of the Kop. Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo were deep in discussion about what to do with it. Ronny fizzed it in, low and hard. Saha got a boot on it, Pepe Reina saved and the ball fell to John O'Shea, who smashed it into the roof of the net. The away exploded into life. Few things in football compare to that away end buzz; uncontained joy with a backing track of complete silence. Last minute, on a rival's patch; it doesn't get any better.

One lad lost his glasses celebrating. He picked them up later, crushed. Didn't care. That was when everyone knew it was our title, too. 'Mourinho, are you listening? You better keep that trophy glistening...'. And we were back in May to take it away. Well, Dong and co. were...

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