The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - FOOTBALL -

We look back at five mem­o­rable Liver­pool vs. Manch­ester United league matches ahead of the 227th clash be­tween the north­west ri­vals at An­field Satur­day (Pre­mier League un­less stated). Liver­pool 3 - 3 Manch­ester United - Jan­uary 1994 English foot­ball’s power­base had shifted firmly in United’s fa­vor by the time the two sides met at An­field in Jan­uary with Alex Fer­gu­son’s side en­ter­ing their pomp and Liver­pool about to part com­pany with man­ager Graeme Souness. Things looked bleak for the hosts when United raced into a 3-0 lead in­side 24 min­utes with Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Den­nis Ir­win all scor­ing, but two goals be­fore half­time by Nigel Clough brought Liver­pool back into the match. A stun­ning come­back was com­pleted when burly de­fender Neil Rud­dock rose at the far post to power a header past Peter Sch­me­ichel with 11 min­utes re­main­ing. Liver­pool 2 - 2 Manch­ester United - May 1999 Another fight­back by Liver­pool was capped by Paul Ince, for­merly of United, scor­ing an 89th-minute equal­izer. United, who even­tu­ally pre­vailed in a tight ti­tle race with Ar­se­nal, were cruis­ing af­ter an hour thanks to Dwight Yorke’s header and a Den­nis Ir­win penalty. Liver­pool got a life­line when ref­eree David Elleray awarded them a 69th-minute penalty con­verted by Jamie Red­knapp, shortly be­fore Ir­win was sent off for a sec­ond book­ing when he kicked the ball away. Ince pounced for the equal­izer af­ter the ball ran loose in the area from Karl-Heinz Riedle’s chance, spark­ing wild cel­e­bra­tions in the Kop. Liver­pool 2 - 3 Manch­ester United - Sept 1999 Another match in which United took a two-goal lead only to be pegged back, although this time they did take three points from a game in which Liver­pool de­fender Jamie Carragher had the mis­for­tune to score two own goals. Carragher di­verted in a Ryan Giggs cross to put United ahead be­fore Andy Cole headed in David Beck­ham’s free-kick. Sami Hyypia pulled a goal back for Liver­pool but Carragher bun­dled in another own goal to re­store United’s two-goal lead. Pa­trik Berger gave Liver­pool re­newed be­lief but United held on de­spite hav­ing Cole sent off. Liver­pool 3 - 1 Manch­ester United - March 2011 Dutch­man Dirk Kuyt be­came the first Liver­pool player to score a hat-trick in the fix­ture for 21 years as the hosts put a dent in United’s ti­tle charge. The newly-signed Luis Suarez was in­spi­ra­tional for Liver­pool, set­ting up Kuyt’s opener af­ter a su­perb drib­ble then de­liv­er­ing a cross from which Kuyt added his sec­ond. Kuyt com­pleted his hat-trick when keeper Ed­win van der Sar failed to hold Suarez’s free-kick. Javier Her­nan­dez scored a late con­so­la­tion ef­fort for United. Liver­pool 4 Manch­ester United 4 - Aug 1953 Still the high­est-scor­ing post-war match be­tween the old ri­vals with United’s equal­izer ar­riv­ing in con­tro­ver­sial fash­ion when Tommy Tay­lor bun­dled the ball and Liver­pool keeper Char­lie Ashcroft into the back of the net. Jack Row­ley gave United the lead but goals by Louis Bimp­son and Bill Jones put the hosts ahead by half­time. Roger Byrne made it 2-2 be­fore Bimp­son struck twice in quick suc­ces­sion to com­plete his hat-trick. Ed­die Lewis re­duced the ar­rears be­fore Tay­lor’s con­tro­ver­sial equal­izer seven min­utes from time sparked out­rage from Liver­pool’s fans in the Kop.

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