6 March 1993, Anfield
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Hughes 42, McClair 56)
United: Schmeichel; Parker, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin; Kanchelskis, Ince, Sharpe, Giggs; McClair, Hughes.
Liverpool: James; Jones, Wright, Nicol, Bjornebye; McManaman, Hutchison, Redknapp, Barnes; Walters (Burrows 78), Stewart (Rush 43).
Recent trips to Anfield have tended to be cagey affairs, with goalmouth action few and far between.
Not so this barnstorming clash in the early 90s, in which eventual champions United beat then-15th-placed Liverpool thanks to goals by Mark Hughes and Brian McClair.
It was a partnership that yielded 39 goals in all competitions that term, and at Anfield Hughes headed the Reds in front on 42 minutes. But not before Paul Parker had turned the ball onto his own crossbar or Peter Schmeichel had made a world-class point-blank save from Don Hutchison.
Liverpool's pressure paid off when Ian Rush equalised shortly after the break, but partiy lasted all of six minutes. McClair clinched victory when he headed home from close range, and it could have been more as first Hughes and then Kanchelskis spurned presentable chances.
No matter. United won the pulsating encounter and, in the process, edged closer to a first league title in 26 years.
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