This Sunday sees the return of the most decorated derby in English football as league leaders Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield. Here, we take a look at the best matches between the 2 sides in Premier League history.
5. Liverpool 1-2 Man United (1st December 2002)
He came from Uruguay to make the Scousers cry. Diego Forlan didn’t have the best of times in his career at United, but he will always have a special place in the hearts of United fans for his 2 goals at Anfield. Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia netted a consolation late on but the damage was already done.
4. Liverpool 3-1 Man United (4th November 2001)
England striker Michael Owen helped himself to a brace while his international captain David Beckham scored for the Manchester side. However, this game is mainly remembered for a stunning free kick from John Arne Riise. The Norwegian left-back smashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards to send the Kop wild.
3. Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool (22nd January 2006)
Definitely not the best game of football that has been played between the two sides but plenty of drama. A last-gasp winner from Rio Ferdinand sparked huge celebrations, especially from Gary Neville. The right-back turned pundit ran up the other end of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Liverpool fans, earning himself a hefty fine in the process.
2. Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United (4th January 1994)
This classic at Anfield saw United take a 3-0 lead in the first 23 minutes through goals from Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Denis Irwin. Liverpool fought back before halftime thanks to 2 goals from Nigel Clough. Neil Ruddock stepped up to score a 79th minute equalizer to secure an incredible comeback for the Reds.
1. Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool (14th March 2009)
In the midst of a huge title race between the 2 great rivals, Liverpool destroyed United on their home ground. Cristiano Ronaldo gave United the lead from the penalty spot before Liverpool took over. Fernando Torres ran Nemanja Vidic ragged, scoring Liverpool’s first and then winning a penalty for Steven Gerrard to slot home. Fabio Aurelio scored an impressive free-kick and Andrea Dossena added some gloss with a delightful chip in injury time. The silver lining for United fans, though, is that United went on to win the title still.