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Liverpool vs. Manchester United - 5 classic Premier League encounters

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Liverpool vs. Manchester United.

No matter what position they occupy in the Premier League table, it will always be a match that every football fan on the planet wants to watch.

With a remarkable 38 top flight titles between them, these two teams remain England’s biggest sides regardless of their current situation.

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This Sunday’s clash will be more featherweight than heavyweight but there’s no doubt the passion will still be there - both on and off the pitch.

We look back at five memorable matches between the two sides ahead of Sunday’s 194th meeting between the pair.

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Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool - October 1 1995

Eric Cantona of Manchester United

The match was billed as ‘The Return of the King.’

Eric Cantona has been banned for eight months for kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan and was making his long-awaiting return.

Predictably it didn’t take long for Cantona to make an impact - in fact, it took just 67 seconds.

His left footed cross was expertly controlled and finished by the onrushing Nicky Butt to give United a very early lead.

Robbie Fowler tried his best to ruin the Cantona script as the 20-year-old, sporting bleached blonde hair, scored two brilliant goals. His first was a terrific left-footed strike which left Peter Schmeichel motionless before he shrugged off Gary Neville and chipped the ball over the great Dane.

However, Cantona was always going to have the last say.

The Frenchman was never going to miss from 12-yards when United were awarded a penalty and celebrated by doing his best fireman impression on the sanction behind the goal.

Liverpool 2-3 Manchester United - September 11 1999

Jamie Carragher own goal

There is one man that won’t want to be reminded of this clash - Jamie Carragher.

The Liverpool legend headed beyond Sander Westerveld after just three minutes before Andy Cole made it 2-0.

The infamous Massimo Taibi was making his debut and was at fault when Sami Hyypia pulled one back for the home side.

But Carragher struck once again as the ball ricocheted off him into his own goal making it 3-1.

A Patrick Berger goal and an Andy Cole red card made for an exciting finish but United held on.

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool - March 14 2009

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League

When Cristiano Ronaldo gave the Red Devils an early lead from the penalty spot, it appeared it would be a routine home win.

But, not for the first time, Nemanja Vidic was terrorised by Fernando Torres and the Spaniard equalised soon afterwards. A Steven Gerrard penalty put the away side 2-1 ahead at the break before Vidic was sent off for a foul on the midfielder.

From the resulting free-kick Fabio Aurelio curled home, then Andrea Dossena put the icing on the cake with a magnificent lob leaving Old Trafford speechless and Edwin van der Sar rooted to the spot.

The win was the start of a late title challenge for Liverpool but United held off their rivals to take the Premier League crown by four points.

Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool - September 19 2010

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League

A season later, United got their revenge.

A Dimitar Berbatov header and then an outrageous overhead kick put the home side 2-0 up and cruising.

But Gerrard bagged a brace of his own with a penalty and then a free-kick to give the Merseysiders the momentum with just 20 minutes remaining.

However, it was Berbatov who won the race for their hat-trick when he beat Carragher in the air to glance the ball into the corner and send the Stretford End into delirium.

Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool - March 16 2014

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This was Liverpool’s finest hour in the back yard of their biggest rivals.

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool were in a title race while David Moyes’ United were in a race for a Europa League spot.

It was one of the most convincing victories this fixture has seen with a penalty either side of half-time from Gerrard giving the away side a 2-0 lead.

The Liverpool captain squandered the opportunity to seal a hat-trick of penalties when he struck the post with his third spot kick of the day.

But Liverpool soon managed a third when the unplayable Luis Suarez latched onto Daniel Sturridge’s shot to complete a memorable day for the Anfield club.

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