Ranked! Liverpool’s 6 greatest victories over Manchester United

Cup final triumphs and Dirk Kuyt hat-tricks - it’s Liverpool’s most memorable north-west derby wins of the last 20 years 

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6. Liverpool 2-0 Man United (Europa League, 2016)

Undoubtedly, the man known as ‘Sir Alex’ around the world and as ‘Old Baconface’ on Merseyside did much to damage Liverpool’s domestic dominance. Over 25 years, Liverpool’s 18-7 league title advantage has been turned into an 18-20 deficit. Ouch.

Yet a superior continental trophy count supported the claim on Anfield’s banners which read ‘European royalty’ – and this added extra weight to a first-ever European meeting between the two clubs. Liverpool couldn’t lose on their own ‘patch’, and at no point did they look like doing so here.

This game was only kept to 2-0 via some superb David de Gea saves, as Liverpool dominated. Daniel Sturridge scored a penalty and Roberto Firmino added a second, while United barely had a sniff. It left Jurgen Klopp’s side in pole position for a quarter-final spot and Louis van Gaal exposed as a fuming yesterday’s man.

5. Liverpool 3-1 Man United (Premier League, 2001)

Despite Man United’s success around this time, Liverpool had the jinx on them. In our mind’s eye, this was via a loop of Danny Murphy scoring in an endless series of 1-0 wins, but apparently there were some deviations to the Murphy Formula.

The 2000/01 season saw Liverpool win 2-0 at Old Trafford (Steven Gerrard netting a brace), then complete the league double – and a fourth successive win over United – with this rousing performance at Anfield.

Michael Owen raced clear to put the home side 1-0 up, then leapt for joy at a time when his hamstrings allowed such a thing; John Arne Riiise rocketed in to make it 2-0. David Beckham reduced the deficit in the second half, but Owen peed on his Predators by scoring just two minutes later. Liverpool ran out deserved victors.

4. Liverpool 2-0 Man United (League Cup Final, 2003)

Hardly a classic encounter – but beating your fierce rivals in a cup final in front of 70,000+ fans has to be considered a decent day’s work. This was actually Man United’s first final since the 1999 Champions League, so Ferguson picked a strong team featuring Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs, Beckham and Paul Scholes.

Yet it was Liverpool’s homegrown talent that settled it. At the end of an uneventful first half, Gerrard scored with a shot deflected off Beckham, then Owen raced clear to seal the game late on. Fergie chuntered post-game that keeper Jerzy Dudek had won Liverpool the match, but the alarmingly high levels of respect between him and Gerard Houllier held up.

Post-game, Ged the Gent even praised Fergie for congratulating each of Liverpool’s players after the final whistle. Sporting behavior? Down with this sort of thing.