United’s trip to Anfield on Sunday could well decide the destiny of the Premier League title.
With United, yet again, tantalisingly close to that elusive 19th title that would put us one ahead of our less fortunate counterparts from down the M62, the game couldn’t be any bigger.
Over the years, there have been some epic encounters between the two most successful sides in English football at Anfield. Although we haven’t always had things our own way, there’s been more than a few fond memories from these games for United fans.
Here’s my own personal top five United goals scored at Anfield- let’s hope there’ll be a few more to add this Sunday.
5 & 4. Diego Forlan 2002. “He came for Uguquay and made the Scousers cry!” Such is the rivalry between the two clubs that Forlan’s brace in the title winning season of 2002-03 has made him something of a United legend.
Even though Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored over 120 more goals than Forlan, you’re more likely to hear the Uruquayan’s name being sung by Reds than you are the Dutchman’s.
3. Carlos Tevez. 2007. It almost seems blasphmeous to praise anything the Argentinean did in a United shirt nowadays, but his winner at Anfield in the double winning season deserves to be acknowledged.
Although he may be the most hated Premiership player by United fans at the moment, this first-half strike in front of the Kop was one of the highlights of an Old Trafford career, that if we’re all brutally honest -contained quite a few.
2. Gordon Strachan. 1988. This Division One game in 1988 his etched into United folklore for two reasons. The first is the substitute appearance of a certain Norman Whiteside.
Steve McMahon was getting away with murder on a lot of United players, doing his dirty best to keep them in line. Ferguson sent out Whiteside and the “Shankhill Skinhead” wasted litle time in going through McMahon with the sort of challenge that would see you banned for 5 matches nowadays but then barely registered a free kick.
With United 3-1 down the gmae looked over however a deflected Bryan Robson shot gave the Reds hope and with time running out Strachan scored the equaliser, then celebrated on front of the Kop by smoking an imaginary cigar. Genius.
1. John O’Shea. 2007. With United down to ten men after Paul Scholes’s sending off, O’Shea was brought on to try and bolster the midfield. A last minute corner gave United fans hope and O’Shea sent the travelling Red Army into seventh heaven as he crashed his winner into the roof of the net.
O’Shea would recall: “Gary Neville told me it’s dream to score the winner infront of the Kop and I’ve just done it.”
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