17/10/2013 14:13, Report by A Marshall, T Oscroft

Robbo's Anfield rally

Bryan Robson and his United team-mates needed a positive result at Anfield on 4 April 1988 to keep the title race with Liverpool alive.

Although the Merseysiders were favourites, the visitors travelled along the M62 from Manchester with some confidence. United had not lost at Anfield in the league during the 1980s, and were ahead after just three minutes when Robson, in acres of space, tapped home from close range. 

In a dramatic match, Sir Alex Ferguson's team were reduced to 10 men and fell 3-1 behind just after half-time, but another goal from Robbo and an equaliser from Gordon Strachan restored parity. United could even have returned home with all three points, as the ex-captain recalls: "The one thing I always remember about that game was that Gordon Strachan was distraught afterwards. We had come back with 10 men to level the score at 3-3 and then Strach went clean through with only Bruce Grobbelaar to beat. 

“Gordon chipped the keeper but just knocked it wide. It was in the last minute as well, so we could have won that game 4-3. That would have been a fantastic feeling, to beat them at Anfield when down to 10 men.”

Bryan Robson is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise money for Manchester United Foundation. To sponsor him, please visit www.justgiving.com/robsonfamily.

More great Robson games: Barcelona 1984 | Arsenal 1983 | Palace 1990


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