Classic Liverpool wins at Old Trafford


Liverpool head to Old Trafford this weekend to take on rivals Manchester United.

And we thought this was the ideal opportunity to look back on some of the best trips down the East Lancs Road in recent times to help get supporters even more in the mood for the game on Saturday lunchtime.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool
Sunday 17th December 2000

A huge win. We hadn’t beaten United on their own turf since the 1989/90 season and had waited a decade to see it happen again. A superb free-kick by Danny Murphy settled it. United stalwart Gary Neville handled the ball just outside the United penalty box and the England international midfielder stepped up to curl the ball past the wall and into the corner of Fabian Barthez’s goal. It was the first time United had lost at home in the Premier League since Middlesbrough ran out 3-2 winners back in November 1998. United tried to put on the pressure and a shot by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer almost brought them level straight away, but Sander Westerveld pulled off a fine save. United were reduced to ten men late on when Luke Chadwick dragged down Vladimir Smicer in his own half.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool
Tuesday 22nd January 2002

Lightning struck twice for United when Danny Murphy scored the winner against them on their own pitch again. A fine pass by Steven Gerrard into the United box was lofted over Fabian Barther by Murphy in the 85th minute to stun the hosts. Alex Ferguson’s side were chasing a ninth consecutive league win and had the lion’s share of possession and the chances in a tight game. But Liverpool stood firm and took their chance to snatch the points with the late goal. Gerrard put in a man of the match performance in a game which showed his growing maturity – despite getting booked for a foul on Ryan Giggs in the first minute.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool
Saturday 24th April 2004

It was de ja vu for United as Danny Murphy completed hat-trick of goals to seal a third 1-0 win over them at Old Trafford. Gerard Houllier was under increasing pressure going into the game as his side struggled in the race to secure Champions League football for the following season, but some of that was lifted by a somewhat surprise victory. Gary Neville was once again at fault for United as his foul on Steven Gerrard gave the visitors the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot shortly after the hour mark. Murphy stepped up and slotted the ball home past Tim Howard to give his side a lead that kept hold of for the rest of the match. United put Liverpool under increasing pressure as the game wore on, but could not make the breakthrough to snatch a point. Jerzy Dudek made an important late save from Louis Saha to keep the score at 1-0 as Ryan Giggs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also missed chances to level.

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool
Saturday 14th March 2009

Liverpool were United’s main rival for the Premier League title in the 2008/9 season and Rafa Benitez took his side to Old Trafford knowing that defeat would all but end the challenge. Things didn’t look good for the Spaniard as his side fell behind after 23 minutes when Cristiano Ronaldo dispatched a penalty following Pepe Reina’s rash foul on Ji-Sung Park. But Alex Ferguson’s side weren’t ahead for long as Fernando Torres shook off Nemanja Vidic to latch on to Martin Skrtel’s long ball before clipping the ball past Edwin van der Sar to level. Captain Steven Gerrard was brought down in the United box by Patrice Evra just before the interval and stepped up to put his side ahead from the spot. Vidic capped off a day to forget by getting himself sent off by giving away a free-kick for a foul on Gerrard, which left-back Fabio Aurelio curled elegantly into the United net. The points were well and truly sealed when substitute Andrea Dossena chipped a neat lob over the Dutch keeper. It certainly wasn’t The Theatre of Dreams for United that day.

Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool
Sunday 16th March 2014

Liverpool were in the title race this season. Manchester United were not. Alex Ferguson had retired the Summer before and David Moyes was doing a poor job of covering the loss of his compatriot. And this game will have been a low point for the former Everton boss. Liverpool were awarded three penalties in an utterly one-sided encounter, with Steven Gerrard scoring two of them and missing the third following Daniel Sturridge going to ground rather easily following contact from Nemanja Vidic. Gerrard could not make it a hat-trick of penalty goals, but villain of the piece Luis Suarez did add the third goal in the closing stages to rub salt into United wounds. It remains Liverpool’s most recent victory at Old Trafford – something which will hopefully change this weekend.

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