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Videos: Some of the best Man United vs Liverpool games

Liverpool3-Man-United3These are my top five favourite Manchester United versus Liverpool games of all time. No guessing who I support here. Go on and check out all the videos and comment by letting me know which one your favourite is. Enjoy.

5. Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool – Premier League – 2006

This was a tale of what might have been for Liverpool as they largely dominated a game against a United side shorn of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo. The visitors missed the best chances with Djibril Cisse lashing over an open goal and Peter Crouch’s shot blocked by Wes Brown.

Just when it seemed it was destined to finish 0-0, in the 90th minute Rio Ferdinand rose highest and headed home past Pepe Reina to send the home crowd wild, along with Gary Neville who ran the length of pitch to celebrate in front of the Liverpool fans.

4. Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United – Premier League – 1994

If ever you needed proof that the form book goes out of the window in games between Liverpool and Manchester United, this mid-nineties thriller at Anfield serves as historical evidence.

Just as Manchester United were beginning to dominate English football, Liverpool were floundering as they tried to recapture past glories. United lived up to their billing as pre-match favourites when they took a 3-0 lead within 24 minutes, with goals from Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Dennis Irwin. It looked like an evening of true misery was ahead for the home supporters.

Nigel Clough was one of many Liverpool signings during that era who struggled to adapt to life at the club, but he will live in the fans’ memories for his contribution in this game. Clough gave Liverpool a glimmer of hope with a goal from 25 yards out, before putting them right back in it with a near identical effort. Neil Ruddock completed the unlikely.

3.  Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool – FA Cup fourth round 1999

Michael Owen pounced to put the visitors ahead after just two minutes in this FA Cup tie, and with just minutes left, it looked like Liverpool might pull off their first win at Old Trafford in nine years. But Dwight Yorke and substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had other ideas, both scoring at the death to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and send their rivals out of the Cup.

2. Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool – Premier League – 1995

Pretty much everything that has ever occurred in the life of Eric Cantona has been dramatic, so it’s no surprise that when he made his return to the Manchester United team after an eight-month ban for attacking a fan, it came in a home match against Liverpool.

Cantona was soon in the thick of the action, as his cross found Nicky Butt in the opening seconds and the midfielder gave United the lead. The Frenchman wasn’t the only player nicknamed ‘God’ by his own fans though and Robbie Fowler showed why he was held in such high-esteem at Liverpool with two brilliant goals either side of half-time to put Liverpool 2-1 up.

Of course, it was Cantona who had the last word. His pass put Ryan Giggs through on goal and when he was brought down in the box for a penalty, it was Cantona who cooly put the chance away and sent Old Trafford into delirium.

1. Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4 – Premier League – 2009

Liverpool went close to pipping Manchester United to the Premier League title in 2009 and the highlight of their campaign was a 4-1 win at Old Trafford in March, that revived their title hopes.

The game looked to be going United’s way when a Cristaino Ronaldo penalty gave them the lead, but Fernando Torres equalised shortly afterwards and a Steven Gerrard penalty gave Liverpool at half-time 2-1 lead.

Nemanja Vidic had a torrid afternoon chasing Torres around and things got worse for him in the second-half, when he was sent off for fouling Gerrard and then saw Fabio Aurelio curl in the resulting free-kick from long-range. Andrea Dossena made it a crushing 4-1 defeat in injury time, to really rub salt in United’s wounds.

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