The visitors and reigning champions were six points clear, having beaten Stoke City at Anfield in their previous game, and six points in those days meant three victories, as it was still two points for a win.
Action: Liverpool had the best of the early play and it was no surprise when they went ahead, Kenny Dalglish taking advantage of Gordon McQueen’s slip to score. But Mickey Thomas' scrambled effort brought United level, before an astonishing miss from Dalglish, who put the ball wide with the goal gaping. The Reds were buoyed by the reprieve and Brian Greenhoff made it 2-1 from close range. Lou Macari went close to wrapping things up for United, who held on to avenge a Boxing Day defeat at Anfield.
Post-match: United just failed to overhaul Liverpool, finishing two points behind despite a run of six straight wins following the success at Old Trafford. Defeat against Leeds on the final day sealed the Reds' fate.
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