Five classic league matches between Liverpool and Manchester United

Here is a look at some of the more memorable contests in the Premier League between Liverpool and Manchester United

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Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United 1993/94

Anfield under the lights and this was a belter. Title-chasing United arrived at Anfield in great form against a side who were 21 points behind Alex Ferguson’s men. United hit the front early on when Liverpool failed to clear a corner properly, an Eric Cantona cross was met with great delight by Steve Bruce. United’s lead was doubled after 20 minutes when Ryan Giggs latched onto a poor Jamie Redknapp pass and chipped beautifully over Bruce Grobblear. United were soon three up through a Dennis Irwin free-kick before Nigel Clough struck twice for the home side to give Liverpool some hope and cut the deficit to one at the half-time break. Liverpool found an equaliser courtesy of a Neil Ruddock bullet header, but by the look on his face immediately afterwards, you would’ve thought he received a tasty right hook.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool 1995/96

This was remembered more for Eric Cantona’s comeback from a ban for kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan. United took the lead after Nicky Butt stabbed home a Cantona cross before two very impressive finishes from Robbie Fowler either side of half-time turned things around for the visitors before United were awarded a penalty for Jamie Redknapp bringing down Ryan Giggs giving Cantona the chance to cap his return with a goal, a chance that he didn’t waste.

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester United 1998/99

United were locked in a tussle with Arsenal for the title whilst Liverpool were looking to put a dent in their rivals challenge. Dwight Yorke’s header put United in front before half-time, a lead that was doubled after the break when the visitors were awarded a penalty for a Jamie Carragher foul on Jesper Blomqvist, allowing Denis Irwin to double United’s lead. Jamie Redknapp managed to pull one back from the penalty spot for Liverpool, as Blomqvist fouled Oyvind Leonhardsen before Irwin was sent off harshly for a second bookable offence by kicking the ball away. Liverpool piled on the pressure and finally equalised when former United midfielder Paul Ince capitalised on the good work of Karl-Heinz Riedle.

Manchester United 4-0 Liverpool 2002/03

A vital win in United’s pursuit for the title, and a day to forget for Liverpool as it all went wrong from the start as Sami Hyypia was sent off for bring down Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the penalty area, which the Dutchman converted. Things went from bad to worse as Van Nistelrooy dispatched a second penalty after the half-time break after an Igor Biscan foul on Paul Scholes, with Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strikes inflicted more misery on Liverpool.

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool 2008/09

With both teams leading the chase for the title, United were looking to put Liverpool out of contention and they landed the first blow after Pepe Reina brought down Park Ji-Sung, allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to put United ahead from the penalty spot. But Liverpool hit back after a hopeful Martin Skrtel ball was allowed to bounce by Nemanja Vidic allowing Fernando Torres to slip in to equalise. Steven Gerrard put the visitors in front from the penalty spot after Patrice Evra brought down the Liverpool captain. Vidic’s afternoon ended up getting worse as he was sent off for bringing down Gerrard, with Fabio Aurelio stretching Liverpool’s advantage courtesy of a well-taken free-kick before substitute Andrea Dossena latched onto Reina’s goal-kick to lob over Edwin Van der Sar and round off the scoring.

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