Man United 2-1 Liverpool, 1977
With the league title secured and a European Cup final to follow, Liverpool were odds-on favourites to lift the FA Cup at Wembley – even among United players.
“We weren’t confident,” forward Stuart Pearson admitted. “We knew we’d give them a game but they were so good.”
But who needs confidence anyway? On the day it was United who prevailed in a thrilling final won by Lou Macari’s deflected effort after Jimmy Case had cancelled out Pearson’s opener.
Liverpool 2-1 Man United, 1983
Almost 100,000 fans crammed into Wembley when these two met in the 1983 Milk Cup Final as United manager Ron Atkinson hunted his first trophy as Red Devils’ boss.
But, after Norman Whiteside’s early opener, centre-backs Gordon McQueen and Kevin Moran suffered injuries while battling to preserve United’s slim advantage.
Alan Kennedy’s late equaliser took the match to extra time, before Ronnie Whelan curled home a delightful winner to seal the Reds’ third consecutive League Cup in Bob Paisley’s last season in charge. They’d make it a fourth in 1984.
Liverpool 3-3 Man United, 1988
United found themselves in desperate need of three points when they arrived at Anfield in April 1988, trailing Kenny Dalglish’s league leaders by 11 points.
Skipper Bryan Robson gave the visitors a perfect start, but devastating spells either side of the break ended up with Liverpool 3-1 up via goals from Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie and Steve McMahon.
Colin Gibson’s dismissal looked like it would compound United’s misery, but a late rally produced strikes from captain Robson and Gordon Strachan to level the scores. United’s fiery-haired Scot celebrated his last-gasp equaliser by puffing on an imaginary cigar in front of an outraged home support.
Liverpool 3-3 Man United, 1994
IN THE MAG
United, champions of England for the first time in 26 years and beginning their period of domination, raced into a 3-0 lead after just 25 minutes of this all-time classic.
Going into the game United were enjoying a 17-game unbeaten run in the league, 21 points ahead of Graeme Souness’s ninth-placed Liverpool. So it was no surprise when goals from Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and a sumptuous Denis Irwin free-kick launched the hosts into a commanding lead.
But in a remarkable comeback, Liverpool’s Nigel Clough grabbed a brace before Neil Ruddock completed the turnaround with just 11 minutes remaining.