Article by Jack Gill @JackLFCGill
Liverpool vs Manchester United, the biggest rivalry in England between the two biggest clubs in England. In recent years there have been a few dull and drab draws between the two English giants but it hasn’t always been that way. We often struggle on the road at Old Trafford but there have also been some big wins for the Reds. Here are my top 5 fixtures between Liverpool and United at Old Trafford…
Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool – 14th March 2009
I’m going to start with this one, and I don’t think anyone will have any arguments. We hammered Fergie’s United in that horrible grey kit we had and even Andrea Dossena got on the scoresheet. After 23 minutes, United got a penalty after Reina rushed off his line and brought down Ji Sung Park. Replays showed that there was very minimal contact but Ji Sung Park made the most of the contact there was and United got their reward as Ronaldo put United ahead from the spot with a good penalty that was for Pepe Reina, who dived the right way.
Five minutes later, and the Reds drew level as Fernando Torres made Nemanja Vidic look like a dick and I’m pretty sure the Serbian still has nightmares about this moment today. Vidic completely misjudged the flight of the ball after a long ball forward and El Nino managed to beat the centre-half to the ball, put Vidic on his arse and found himself through on goal with just Edwin Van Der Sar to beat. The Spaniard, of course, finished emphatically to make it 1-1.
Vidic continued to have a torrid time dealing with Torres and the Reds could have had a penalty when Vidic appeared to throw Torres to the floor with ten minutes of the first half remaining.
Liverpool, were however, given a penalty on the stroke of half-time as Patrice Evra brought down Steven Gerrard as the LFC Captain beat the Frenchman to the ball following a pass from Fernando Torres. Gerrard himself stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it in the bottom right corner and proceeded to give us an infamous celebration where he ran to the camera and kissed it having already kissed the beautiful badge on his chest.
2-1 to Liverpool at half-time and Fergie was red faced and ferociously chewing on the sideline, which some may say was always the case.
United had a lot of chances after the break and LFC rode our luck at times with Pepe Reina’s handling looking shaky but United were reduced to ten men when Nemanja Vidic was made to look like a cock once more. This time it was Steven Gerrard’s turn to expose the Serbian’s defensive frailties as Vidic appeared to think he was playing a different sport as he rugby-tackled Gerrard to the floor when he was through on goal.
Liverpool made it 3-1 from the resulting free-kick. Left footed free-kick specialist Fabio Aurelio completely wrongfooted Van Der Sar with a curled effort that the Dutchman could only watch as the ball flied past him and into the back of the net.
The Reds weren’t finished yet, a ninetieth minute sublime chip by none other than Andrea Dossena capped off a fantastic game for LFC and the rampant Reds had hammered United 4-1 at Old Trafford.
Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool – 16th March 2014
Liverpool visited Old Trafford in 2014 with the Reds on a title charge under Brendan Rodgers and United struggling post Sir Alex Ferguson, under his predecessor David Moyes.
The Reds broke the deadlock with just over ten minutes to go before the break. Rafael handled the ball and referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot. Steven Gerrard cooly sent David De Gea the wrong way with a perfect penalty to put LFC ahead.
The Reds lead 1-0 at the break but came out for the second half in a rampant mood and were awarded their second penalty of the game less than a minute after the break when Phil Jones decided to push Joe Allen from behind in the area. Gerrard once again stepped up and put it past De Gea for the second time in the game and we got to see him kissing the camera again. He loves doing that in the Theatre of Shite doesn’t he.
Liverpool were awarded a third penalty when Nemanja Vidic brought down Daniel Sturridge. The Serbian then claimed that Sturridge had dived and gave both Studge and Clattenburg an earful before being given his second yellow card and given his marching orders. Gerrard stepped up to take it but hit the post, purposely I’m sure as he doesn’t score shit hat-tricks unlike a certain Tottenham striker (Shit, I better apologise before the FA ban me from football for 14 days).
The Reds did eventually get the third goal of the game though with six games to go as Luis Suarez completed a 3-0 rout. The Uruguayan benefitted from a wayward Daniel Sturridge strike and made no mistake in finishing past David De Gea to ensure the Reds take a 3-0 win away from Old Trafford. What did it mean for United? Well, watch this…
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Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool – 24th April 2004
Personally, I love a good 1-0 win. Sometimes, you don’t even need to give a team a big hiding as a 1-0 win can be just as painful especially when it’s from the spot like in 2004.
What’s even better is that it was Gary Neville who gave the penalty away. Neville’s rash challenge on Steven Gerrard led to Mike Riley pointing to the spot and awarding LFC a penalty.
Murphy still had a lot to do though. Before this, in the 2003/04 season four LFC players had missed a spot-kick, so this time the responsibility went to Danny Murphy who converted with a lovely powered finish past Tim Howard, who despite diving the right way was never going to save that.
A good 1-0 win at Old Trafford but it didn’t prevent us from finishing beneath Manchester United in 2003/04
Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool – 22nd January 2002
Another 1-0 victory against the Mancs at Old Trafford and another Danny Murphy winner. This one was a sweet 85th minute winner as well J.
A lovely ball by Steven Gerrard entered the path of Danny Murphy who produced a magnificent lobbed finish over the top of Fabien Barthez to put LFC ahead with just five minutes left on the clock.
Murphy loved a goal at Old Trafford, didn’t he!
Ryan Giggs had a chance to level the game in the late stages but Jerzy Dudek denied the Welshman’s header with a very good save to ensure the Reds got all three points.
Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool
If you weren’t aware, we have only won at Old Trafford 5 times in the last 20 years so picking my Top 5 wins at the Theatre of Shite was rather hard, hence the three 1-0 wins. In this one, in much the same way as the previous two games I’ve just spoken of, Danny Murphy got the winner. I wonder if he’ll come out of retirement for a game to play on Sunday? He’s a shite pundit anyway so may as well!
This game came in the famous treble winning season of 2000-2001 wearing the famous Gold away top and once again was the cause of a Gary Neville error on the stroke of half-time, HAHA! The former Man United right-back, turned failed manager, turned pundit seemed to have mistaken football for volley ball as he stopped the ball with both arms 20 yards out. Danny Murphy stepped up to take the free-kick and beat Barthez superbly, with the ball lightly clipping the inside of the post as it went in.
This game was United’s first home defeat in the Premier league for two years and their frustration from failing to create chances was completed a minute from full-time when Luke Chadwick was sent off for a poor professional foul on Smicer.
Moral of the story: It’s difficult doing a ‘Top 5 fixtures’ article when your team has a bad record at a certain stadium in the past twenty years. But there we have it, my top 5 fixtures are filled with Danny murphy goals and Nemanja Vidic being absolutely dogshite, oh and Up the Penaltypool!
Up the Reds!
Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)