Ranked! Man United’s 6 most glorious wins over Liverpool
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6. Man United 1-0 Liverpool (Premier League, 2006)
Nothing quite like a 90th-minute winner against an old rival, particularly when that goal comes from an unlikely source. This game was actually nothing special, with the home side missing a suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and Djibril Cisse missing an easy chance (he will do that) for Liverpool.
Yet as the clock ticked to 90 minutes, Rio Ferdinand rose to merk in a Ryan Giggs free-kick and send Old Trafford ballistic. However, for once banter king Rio was outdone in the wind-up stakes, as Gary Neville took it upon himself to race across the pitch at full-time and celebrate enthusiastically in front of the away supporters (an act which later cost him a £5k fine). Wonderful shithousery.
5. Liverpool 0-1 Man United (Premier League, 2007)
This list isn’t entirely 1-0 smash-and-grabs with defenders scoring late winners. Honest. Yet say the words: “John O’Shea” and “in front of The Kop” to any Man United fan and they will get a dreamy look in their eye, as they picture the lanky Peter Kay do his ‘I never score – how do you actually do a celebration?’ celebration.
Sheasy’s roofed finish after some penalty box scrapping came in injury time in a game the away side had hardly looked like winning. The fact that they were down to 10 men after Paul Scholes's late red card, without an injured Wayne Rooney, and that this result saw United take a huge step towards reclaiming the league title for the first time since 2003, made it all the sweeter.
4. Man United 4-0 Liverpool (Premier League, 2003)
Whisper it, but while Manchester United have been largely superior to their old rivals over the last 20 years, that hasn’t always manifested itself in results between the pair. Even during Sir Alex Ferguson’s pomp, the north-west derby tended to be fiercely competitive with United often winning by the odd goal but rarely putting Liverpool to the sword as they would occasionally do with other rivals (read: Arsenal).
Yet this result stands out: the widest victory margin recorded by either team in the post-1992, Premier League era. Ruud van Nistelrooy converted a penalty after Sami Hyppia brought him down, the Liverpool captain was sent off and Liverpool’s 10 men could do little as Van Nistelrooy scored a second penalty, Ryan Giggs made it 3-0, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored late on (he will do that).
In truth, this was hardly a vintage United display – the game was all but over after Hyppia’s early red – but crushing your local rivals 4-0 without even having to find top gear? Pretty sweet.