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Manchester United v Liverpool: Greatest matches

Bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester United are set to square off at Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Sunday.

It's a derby steeped in history with Manchester United leading the head-to-head, winning 83 of the 212 meetings across all competitions, while Liverpool have picked up 70 victories and 59 have ended in a draw.

The Red Devils boast 69 wins in league engagements, compared to Liverpool's 60, including a 2-1 triumph at Old Trafford when they last met at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Liverpool are edging closer to an unprecedented quadruple, while Manchester United's hopes of silverware this season are hanging by a thread.

From a neutral perspective, Sunday's 15:30 engagement has the potential to be a hugely exciting contest but it may prove to be a nervy afternoon for fans of either club with so much on the line.

We've taken a look at some of the famous meetings between the two English powerhouses over the years.

Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United - 4th January 1994 

After winning the Premier League title in 1992/93, Manchester United were well on track to successfully defend their crown when they sat top of the standings and travelled to Anfield. 

There was little surprise when United broke the deadlock with just nine minutes gone courtesy of Steve Bruce. 

The goals continued to flow with the visitors going 3-0 ahead after only 24 minutes when Ryan Giggs and Denis Irwin added their names to the scoresheet. 

However, Liverpool showed character to force their way back into the contest and Nigel Clough was at the heart of their fightback. 

Clough bagged twice before half time before Neil Ruddock headed home in the 79th minute to complete a memorable comeback and earn a share of the points.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool - 1st October 1995 

As if a meeting between these two north west rivals didn't have enough drama, the clash at Old Trafford in October 1995 had the added storyline of Eric Cantona returning following his lengthy ban for an altercation with a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park. 

The home faithful barely had time to settle into their seats before Nicky Butt opened the scoring with just two minutes gone. 

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler hadn't read the script, doing his best to spoil the return of 'King Eric' as he netted a brace either side of half-time. 

However, not one to be overshadowed, Cantona salvaged a point for the hosts when he accepted the opportunity to convert from the penalty spot.

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool - 14th March 2009 

Home victories are fairly common in this derby with Liverpool winning 46 of the 98 clashes at Anfield, 27 have ended in defeat and 25 as a draw. 

Manchester United have also won the lion's share at Old Trafford in the league, coming out on top in 48 with 22 losses and 28 draws. 

But Liverpool bucked that trend in emphatic fashion when they made the short journey across the M62 in 2009. 

It appeared to be going to plan for Sir Alex Ferguson's side when Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock on 23 minutes. 

Liverpool, though, refused to let their heads drop and they soon hit back with Fernando Torres registering five minutes later, while a Steven Gerrard penalty had them leading 2-1 at half time. 

A game never short on the physical side, Nemanja Vidic was sent off in the second period and Liverpool went for the kill as Fabio Auerlio and Andrea Dossena fired them to a 4-1 win.

Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool - 24th October 2021 

The largest winning margin in this fixture came back on 12th October 1895 when United, known at that time at Newton Heath, fell to a 7-1 loss at Liverpool. 

Fast forward 126 years and Liverpool went close to matching that record when they sealed a 5-0 victory at Old Trafford. 

Jurgen Klopp's side were ruthless as Mohamed Salah, the record scorer in this derby with 10, bagged a hat-trick, while Naby Keita and Diogo Jota also chipped in. 

United also finished the game with 10 men after Paul Pogba was sent off but they were already trailing 5-0 at that point.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool - 22nd August 2022 

The most recent Old Trafford meeting between the two clubs came in August and it looked to have been a major turning point in the early days of Erik ten Hag's tenure. 

United lost their first two league games under the Dutchman and he was already under pressure following a 2-1 loss against Brighton and a 4-0 defeat at Brentford. 

It's fair to say United fans weren't overly optimistic when Liverpool arrived but goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford ensured Salah's late strike would only be a consolation. 

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