Paul McGrath (left) and John Gidman contest the ball with Liverpool's Paul Walsh in the 1985 FA Cup semi-final replay.

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26/01/2012 09:00, Report by Sean Mullan
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Liverpool cup classics

United have a great history of FA Cup success against Liverpool, famously claiming victories in both the 1977 and 1996 finals.

As the two prepare to go head-to-head once more in this season’s fourth round, we take a look back at some more of the Reds’ finest cup wins over the Merseysiders...

United 3-0 Liverpool, Fourth Round, 24/01/1948
Despite having to adopt Goodison Park as home for the day, United still recorded a comfortable win over Liverpool. With Old Trafford closed due to damage sustained during World War II, the Reds were playing home fixtures at Maine Road. However, with Man City also at home on the same day, United had to switch to Everton’s home. Ultimately it mattered not for Sir Matt Busby’s side, who triumphed thanks to goals from Charlie Mitten, Johnny Morris and Jack Rowley en route to the legendary manager’s first trophy at the club, secured with a defeat of Blackpool in the final later that year.

Liverpool 1-3 United, Fourth Round, 30/01/1960
Busby was still rebuilding his side after the Munich air disaster when he took his team to Anfield to face Second Division Liverpool in 1960. Warren Bradley, who had been signed immediately after Munich from amateur side Bishop Auckland in order to boost squad numbers at short notice, opened the scoring before Bobby Charlton added a brace to put the visitors in complete control. Johnny Wheeler pulled one back for Liverpool, but it was United who secured passage to round five.

United 2-2 Liverpool, Semi-final, 31/03/1979
United 1-0 Liverpool, Semi-final replay, 04/04/1979
In a pulsating 2-2 draw in the first tie at Maine Road, United fell behind to a Kenny Dalglish goal on 17 minutes, before levelling matters up just two minutes later through Joe Jordan. Brian Greenhoff put the Reds ahead in the second half, but a late strike from Alan Hansen set up a replay four days later. In the second meeting at Goodison Park, Jimmy Greenhoff, who had scored the winner against Liverpool in the 1977 final, was once again the hero, grabbing the only goal of the game and sending United through to a Wembley meeting with Arsenal.

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