02/01/1984: Liverpool 1 United 1
Often dubbed the ‘derby of England’, this game rarely disappoints. Mop-haired Australian Craig Johnston kicked off the New Year with a first-half goal, then followed more drama when Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Moran collided in an aerial duel. The Scot was left nursing a broken cheekbone and Liverpool boss Joe Fagan was forced to restrain enraged captain Graeme Souness as tensions threatened to boil over. So the Kop were apoplectic when Norman Whiteside popped up with an 88th minute equaliser for Big Ron’s Reds.
03/01/1999: United 3 Middlesbrough 1
January means one thing… FA Cup football. The old pot may have lost some sheen in recent years but there was plenty of sparkle about this Treble season tie. Boro almost a shock Old Trafford win for the second time in a just over a fortnight when Andy Townsend rolled home the opener, but a second-half surge set the Reds towards Wembley. Andy Cole’s fierce strike levelled matters and Ryan Giggs’ late solo effort clinched progress, but it was Denis Irwin’s penalty in-between which provoked Boro’s fury.
04/01/1998: Chelsea 3 United 5
Some days, everything just clicks. For 77 minutes the Reds were dominant and five goals up after a devastating display of offensive football at Stamford Bridge. David Beckham and Andy Cole grabbed clinical braces with Teddy Sheringham powerfully heading home the fifth to seal the tie. The Blues staged an unlikely late comeback, with Graeme Le Saux and Gianluca Vialli (two) giving the scoreline a false look, but afterward Sir Alex preferred to focus on the positives.