The memory of conceding four goals to a great rival was still painfully fresh for Manchester United when Liverpool last visited Old Trafford in the League Cup.
Only six weeks had passed since Alex Ferguson's men were mauled 4-0 in the September sunshine at Anfield, where strikes close to half-time by Peter Beardsley and John Barnes had put the hosts firmly in the ascendancy. Beardsley went on to complete a hat-trick as the Merseysiders enjoyed their biggest victory over United since winning 7-1 in 1895.
Roll on October 31 and there was thankfully no repeat of that horror show for United. Instead it was a very happy Hallowe'en as the FA Cup holders marched on in the Rumbelows Cup (as the Football League's knockout competition was then monickered). Steve Bruce buried a penalty to get the ball rolling and then Mark Hughes almost immediately hammered in one of his most memorable goals, past the hapless Bruce Grobbelaar. The Liverpool keeper was also found wanting when Lee Sharpe smashed in following a corner, before Ray Houghton reduced his side's arrears to 3-1.
Manchester's Reds went on to reach the final but lose it to Sheffield Wednesday 1-0, and Liverpool also finished the season without any major silverware after being unable to retain the league title - their 18th and, to date, their last. Arsenal (United's next victims in the cup, hammered 6-2 at Highbury) would be champions of England instead.