Match Rewind: Pick your favourite Liverpool win
When the fixture list comes out every summer, most Manchester United fans immediately look for one team… Liverpool.
Since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, it’s United who have tended to enjoy the meetings with our Merseyside rivals – we’ve won 28 of the 56 previous games, compared to Liverpool’s 15.
This Saturday we’re showing a classic game against Liverpool and there are four memorable encounters for you to choose from…
We took a giant step towards a fourth title in five years with this impressive victory on Merseyside. Liverpool had been in the running for top spot during much of the campaign, yet defeat in this tussle all but ended their hopes of a first Premier League crown. Oddly, all four goals came from headers that afternoon. Gary Pallister netted a first-half brace – both from David Beckham corners – either side of John Barnes’s goal in the 19th minute. It was a title-winning showing by Alex Ferguson’s men, and Andy Cole wrapped things up midway through the second half when he connected with Gary Neville’s excellent cross. The win left United four points clear at the top of the table with four games remaining, two more than second-placed Arsenal.
We secured a league double over our rivals courtesy of this emphatic win at Old Trafford in 2008. In truth, we were far from our best during this encounter, but, helped by Javier Mascherano's first-half dismissal for dissent, we cruised to victory. It was a Scouser who set up the first goal – Wayne Rooney’s inch-perfect cross finding the back of the net via Wes Brown just after the half-hour mark. Pepe Reina had an afternoon to forget in the away goal and he misjudged an in-swinging corner in the second period, which the leaping Cristiano Ronaldo took full advantage of. Nani put the game beyond doubt late on by netting from outside the box to send Rafael Benitez’s men home empty-handed.
LIVERPOOL 1-2 UNITED (2012/13)
Sir Alex Ferguson’s last trip to Anfield was one to remember, as a late Robin van Persie penalty ensured we made it four league wins on the bounce. As for Liverpool, defeat left them in the relegation zone after five games. It was a tense and nervy opening to the game, but United’s hopes of a win were increased when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a first-half foul on Jonny Evans. Despite that, it was Brendan Rodgers’s men who took the lead after the break, when Steven Gerrard fired past Anders Lindegaard. That advantage didn’t last long, and within minutes we were back on level terms thanks to Rafael’s curling left-foot effort. United dominated the second period and our search for a winner was rewarded in the final 10 minutes. Antonio Valencia’s rapid counter-attack ended with him being chopped down by Glen Johnson in the box. Van Persie stepped up and, as they say, the rest is history.
UNITED 2-1 LIVERPOOL (2017/18)
Mancunian Marcus Rashford was the toast of the city two years ago, when his double downed Liverpool. It took the forward just 14 minutes to break the deadlock in the 200th meeting between the clubs. Marcus’s skilful chop inside the box fooled Trent Alexander Arnold, before he curled the ball beautifully past Loris Karius. Ten minutes later Rashford doubled our advantage, again slotting in calmly from the left side of the box. Eric Bailly’s second-half own-goal did cause an anxious end to proceedings at Old Trafford, but United held on and sealed all three points.
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