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26/12/2012 13:01, Report by P Davies & S Bartram
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Xmas crackers - part 2

The traditional 12 days of Christmas run from 25 December to 5 January, a period that has been good to Manchester United over the years.

This season will hopefully be no exception as the Reds contest four matches in 10 days, hosting Newcastle and West Brom before travelling to Wigan and West Ham in the New Year. In the final instalment of a two-part feature, we've trawled though the archives to recall a dozen classic Yuletide fixtures...

31/12/1892: Newton Heath 7 Derby County 1
Only 3,000 fans turned out at North Road for this first meeting with the Rams in our debut league campaign. The Heathens struck seven times, courtesy of hat-tricks from Bob Donaldson and Alf Farman, plus the odd goal from Tom Fitzsimmons, and the scoreline would have been better had the referee not chalked off four goals for Heath.

01/01/1989: United 3 Liverpool 1
A tense new year scrap which burst into life – and fan folklore – with an incredible spell of goalscoring between the 70th and 77th minutes. John Barnes put the Merseysiders ahead, only for Brian McClair to power in a spectacular volley within a minute. Mark Hughes then powered United ahead, and the victory was quickly assured by a back-post finish from livewire winger Russell Beardsmore. "This young United side confirmed their superiority over the champions and gave Old Trafford a New Year's Day to savour for a long time,” reported the Independent’s Derek Hodgson.

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.

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