The sides which have enjoyed trophy laden seasons through the years amongst some turbulent times: Manchester United and Liverpool will face off in a much awaited North West derby encounter at Old Trafford in a couple of months time.
The rivalry has seen a fair share of drama and passion being showcased on the football pitch, but when it comes to winning, both sides are upbeat to get one. Both clubs hate each other and so do the bunch of fans, but the prospect always is a mouth watering one for the neutrals. Players have admitted how big the occasion always is and some have also admitted how much they hate thelike United legend Gary Neville.
Since, 2000 both sides have competed 32 times, with United emerging as winners in 16 and the Merseysiders winning 13. Three games resulted in draws and the heaviest defeat was inflicted by United in the 2002-03 season, when two Ruud van Nisterooy penalties and goals from Ryan Giggs and Solksjaer had handed United a 4-0 victory.
So,let’s take a look at United’s best victories over Liverpool since 2000 –
5.Liverpool 1-2 United(2002) When Diego made the Scousers cry
Thanks to a Jerzy Dudek howler, Diego Forlan instigated his Red Devil side to a vital victory at Anfield against Gerard Houllier’sopening goal arrived two minutes later in the most atrocious circumstances. Carragher headed the ball to Dudek, who let the ball slip under his legs, and Forlan pounced for a Uruguayan striker passed the Polish keeper again two minutes later, this time into the right-hand corner after being put through by Ryan Giggs. Liverpool skipper Sami Hyypia drove one past Fabian Barthez to vut the advantage short but the late pressure went in vain.
4.United 4-0 Liverpool (2002) The Scousers went into self destruct mode
A Sami Hyypia sending off was enough for Fergie’s men to run riots at Old Trafford and teach Houlier’s side a lesson. Two van Nistelrooy penalties and goals from Giggsy and Ole had ensured that United won convincingly and proved why Liverpool’s downfall had come.
3.United 3-2 Liverpool(2010) Berba shows his class
Dimitar Berbatov, the long forgotten Bulgarian striker proved his critiques wrong by stabbing home a hat-trick and etched his name into the annals of time.
Berba scored through a flicked on Ryan Giggs corner and doubled the lead through a spectacular overhead volley. Steven Gerrard’s double gave Liverpool slender hopes of going away with 3 points but Berba unleashed a powerful header from a John O’Shea cross in the 84th minute to hand United a 3-2 win.
2. United 1-0 Liverpool(2006) Ferdy’s late strike
Although good old Ferdy doesn’t score often but when he scores, he scores crucial goals.
This being the prime example, when United took on Liverpool in a jam packed Old Trafford. The game was heading towards a stalemate, but a perfectly placed Ryan Giggsy free kick complimented Rio in heading in from close range
1.United 2-1 Liverpool (2010) Sweet revenge for Pat
How can a United fan even commit the crime of forgetting this moment?
Patrice Evra and United took to the pitch to avenge what Luis Suarez had done before being a subject of a 10 game ban.
The best moment came after the game had concluded 2-1,thanks to a Wazza brace, when Evra was seen rejoicing with the United fans and teasing Liverpool’s Luis Suarez for his “tangible” actions.