Liverpool v United: A look back at some memorable encounters
England’s two biggest clubs come head to head again this Saturday at Anfield
Wayne Rooney is held off by Luis Suarez at Anfield in 2011. Photograph: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images
Here’s a look back at some memorable encounters on Merseyside between England’s two most decorated clubs.
Liverpool 3 Manchester United 1, March 6th 2011, Premier League
Luis Suarez terrorised the United defence and Dirk Kuyt was the man to benefit with a contender for one of the most close-range hat-tricks in history. The Holland international’s treble, the first by a Liverpool player against United in 21 years, was from a combined distance of six yards. Javier Hernandez’s last-minute strike was little consolation.
Liverpool 2 Manchester United 2, May 5th 1999, Premier League
United, on their way to the treble, took a 2-0 lead inside an hour through Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin’s penalty. However, Jamie Redknapp pulled one back from the spot and, after Irwin was sent off, former Red Devils captain Paul Ince charged into the area to stab home an 89th-minute equaliser.
Liverpool 3 Manchester United 3, January 4th, 1994, Premier League
One of the definitive matches of the early Premier League era saw the visitors race into a 3-0 lead after just 24 minutes with goals from Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Irwin. Incredibly Liverpool bounced back with Nigel Clough scoring twice before the break, setting up a grandstand finish in which defender Neil Ruddock was the unlikely hero.
Liverpool 1 Manchester United 4, December 13th, 1969, Division One
Liverpool’s heaviest loss at home to their arch-rivals. Ron Yeats’ own goal was cancelled out by defender Emlyn Hughes after a barnstorming run forward but Ian Ure, Willie Morgan and Bobby Charlton all scored after the break.
Liverpool 5 Manchester United 0, September 19th, 1925, Division One
The Reds’ biggest home win over United — although they beat their forebears Newton Heath 7-1 in 1895 in a Division Two game. Dick Forshaw scored a hat-trick interspersed with other goals from Harry Chambers and Archie Rawlings.