Man United V Liverpool - The Top 5 Matches

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Manchester United and Liverpool have served up some of English football's best ever matches. The passion, desire and rivalry that is encapsulated in this game is rarely matched in any other fixture, and this Sunday's clash is no different. 

Both sides have taken 7 points from their first 4 games, and lost their last match, but will be looking to take maximum points and bragging rights from Old Trafford. We take a look at the 5 biggest moments in United V Liverpool matches:

1. Liverpool 2-1 Man United, 1983 Milk Cup Final.

Bob Paisley's Liverpool faced Ron Atkinson's Manchester United at Wembley with over 100,000 fans in attendance. Atkinson was searching for his first honours as Red Devils boss and they made a good start after Norman Whiteside's opener. They battled hard and held on until late when Alan Kennedy struck for the Merseysiders, taking the match to extra time, where Ronnie Whelan scored a famous Wembley goal to win the Cup for Liverpool. It was Liverpool's 3rd Milk Cup (League Cup) in a row in Paisley's final season as manager.

2. Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool, October 1992.

The first Premier League meeting between the two saw Ian Rush become Liverpool's all time record goalscorer after Don Hutchinson's strike gave them the lead. Sir Alex Ferguson's side staged a dramatic late comeback as current Stoke manager Mark Hughes struck before adding a second right at the death. Liverpool's manager that day was Graeme Souness, and Manchester United would go on to win their first League title since 1967. 

 3.  Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool, October 1995. 

The return of Eric Cantona after an 8 month ban for his infamous kung-fu kick on a fan at Crystal Palace was a cracker as United clashed with Liverpool at Old Trafford. Cantona assisted for Nicky Butt early on, before Robbie Fowler bagged a terrific brace to send the away fans into raptures. Cantona became entangled in controversy as he classed with Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, with the defender winding up the enigmatic Frenchman by tampering with his famous popped collar. Cantona would then equalise from the penalty spot to seal an eventful return to the fray. 

4. Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool, 2009. 

Liverpool came to Old Trafford looking for points to maintain their title challenge, as the heavyweights went head to head in a pivotal clash. Cristiano Ronaldo was on the mark early on with a penalty, before Fernando Torres began his torment of Nemanja Vidic to score, before Vidic was sent off. Steven Gerrard netted from the penalty spot, Fabio Aurelio added a superb free kick and Andrea Dossena scored a sumptuous lob to seal a famous victory. Manchester United recovered and went on to win the title, finishing 4 points clear of 2nd place Liverpool.

5. Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United, 2015.

A rejuvenated Liverpool came up against Luis Van Gaal's new look Manchester United on a day that would see the battle for top 4 play out. Juan Mata scored a neat finish early on as United were in control throughout the first half, causing Brendan Rodgers to bring on Steven Gerrard for his final derby appearance. Gerrard was sent off just 40 seconds after being introduced, after a stamp on Ander Herrera. Juan Mata added a stunning second before Wayne Rooney missed a penalty late on. Manchester United would go on to finish 4th and qualify for Champions League, while Liverpool finished the season in 6th position.