Manchester United vs Liverpool FA
Cup classics 
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The FA Cup is football's most prestigious competition, and both sides have met 17 times in this competition.  Manchester United and Liverpool are the two most successful sides in English football, combing a total of 130 major trophies between the two sides.

The two clubs have dominated English football, batting for silverware and supremacy for a number of decades. It remains to be one of the biggest games on the sporting calendar.

Liverpool were dominant in the 70’s and 80’s, winning multiple titles – including domestic and European success.

The Reds’ dominance in English football lasted till 1990, when they won their 18th league title. Ever since their 18th league title success, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson inherited, and molded a young team, that went to surpass Liverpool’s league title record, and transformed the club’s fortunes.

Current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is yet to taste domestic cup success at Liverpool, despite winning the Premier League last season. He has won domestic cups in Germany, during his time at Borussia Dortmund. Klopp’s side will look to win this competition, which they haven’t won since 2006 in that dramatic shootout victory over West Ham United.

Meanwhile, Manchester United won the FA Cup in 2016, and beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time. Ole Gunnar Solskjær remains eager to earn his first major trophy as Manchester United manager.

Klopp will be taking his side to Old Trafford, and it has not been a happy hunting ground but here we look back at some of the classic FA Cup games between the two sides.

FA Cup Fourth Round 2011/12: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

Both sides had different ambitions during the season, but the FA Cup presented another opportunity for Liverpool to progress in the competition. Prior to the game, Kenny Dalglish’s side secured a place in the League Cup Final, and eventually won the final by beating Cardiff City on penalties.

United made a promising start to the game, and had more possession of the ball. United midfielder Paul Scholes orchestrated the game which Sir Alex Ferguson’s style of play. Ryan Giggs’s attempted low effort tested Pepe Reina, followed by Antonio Valencia’s bursting run and a long-range effort hit the frame of the post.

Daniel Agger broke the deadlock, and headed the ball past David De Gea. United failed to handle Andy Carroll’s presence in the penalty area, that opened the gap for Agger to open the scoring.

Unite retained dominance, and earned an equaliser through Park Ji-Sung before half-time. Jose Enrique should have dealt with the situation, but he failed to retain the ball from Rafael, who whipped cross to find Park to slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Reds defender Martin Skrtel was alert to deny United their second goal of the game after Danny Welbeck flicked a pass past Reina towards an empty goal.

Towards the latter stages of the game, Reina’s clearance finds Carroll, and Patrice Evra lost Dirk Kuyt, who beats De Gea with a low effort to book Liverpool’s place in the fifth round. Liverpool went on to lose the final to Chelsea, but ended the season as League Cup winners. 

FA Cup Third Round 2010/2011: Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool

A torrid time for Liverpool Football Club, and an early cup exit mounted further pressure on Roy Hodgson’s successor Kenny Dalglish.

Liverpool got off to the worst possible start when Dimitar Berbatov was fouled in the box, after Daniel Agger clipped his ankle.

Referee Howard Webb pointed straight to the penalty spot and veteran Ryan Giggs made no mistake, but to covert his spot kick into the bottom corner.

Liverpool fought back, and showing a real effort to get back into the game. Lucas and Raul Meireles started to grow more into the game, and established a platform in midfield.

Maxi Rodriguez and Steven Gerrard forced Tomasz Kuszczak to produce some decent saves, and keep United in the game. United offered very little at the other end – a huge confidence appeared to change the nature of the game.

Gerrard's moment of madness, seen him dive rashly on Michael Carrick, and was shown a red card. Liverpool were down to ten men.

The home side mounted further pressure in the second half as Reina produced three exceptional saves from Rafael, Berbatov and Evra in quick succession, kept the game alive till the end.

Liverpool battled on and Fabio Auerlio’s acute free-kick produced an acrobatic save by Kuszczak, which was heading for the top corner. Giggs converted spot kick secured United’s passage into the four round of the FA Cup. United ended losing in the semi-final, at the expense of their arch rivals Manchester City.

FA Cup Fifth Round 05/06: Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United

Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester United proved to have huge significance, as they went on to the win FA Cup. Rafa Benitez’s got their first FA Cup win over United in 85 years.

Peter Crouch scored the winning header, after Steven Finnan’s cross to secure a place in the quarter-finals.  

Liverpool were dominant throughout the game, and Harry Kewell had his thumping header brilliantly saved by Edwin van der Sar.

Liverpool almost doubled their lead within the restart, West Brown headed John Arne Riise’s whipped cross away from danger.

United posed a threat in the 52th minute when Gary Neville whipped a cross which caused confusion between Reina and Finnan, but the defender kept his composure to clear.

United had a brief spell later, Cristiano Ronaldo forced Reina into a save low down. Alan Smith was brought on to try and get an equaliser, but he broke his leg and dislocated in the closing stages. 

FA Cup Fourth Round 1998/99: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

Manchester United pulled off one of the biggest comebacks with two goals in the stoppage time to secure a famous FA Cup victory over Liverpool. This was a momentous moment, as Ferguson secured a historic treble – Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

Ferguson’s side made a sloppy start when Michael Owen, who was unmarked in the six-yard box, thumped a header home past Peter Schmeichel's goal.

United dominated possession and hit the woodwork twice, as Dwight Yorke fired a right-wing cross to the far post, and Roy Keane headed against the woodwork.

The ball hit the frame of the goal line, but Paul Ince just managed to clear the ball away. Robbie Fowler almost pulled off a long-range effort that drifted just wide.

Liverpool could have gone 2-0 up in the first half when Jamie Redknapp sent through Berger but the Czech star's rasping near-post shot was turned away by Schmeichel.

United fired to fire on all cylinders and had two goalbound efforts from Keane and Andy Cole had their efforts agonisingly off target.

Dominic Matteo almost puts the ball into his own net when he turned Gary Neville’s cross towards goal. Liverpool shot stopper David James made an acrobatic save.

Skipper Keane hit the post for the second occasion with a fine effort and Matteo produced a superb black to deny Giggs from the rebound.

In injury time, Andy Cole nodded the ball towards goal and Yorke slot the ball home from close-range. This was followed by David Beckham’s free-kick.

Moments later, Paul Scholes broke into the penalty area and founds Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, whose left footed effort went past James to send United through to the next round. 

 

 

 

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