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VIDEO: Top 10 Cup Goals In Manchester United - Liverpool History

When the draw for the third round of the FA Cup coughed up Manchester United at home against Liverpool, the cliches were already springing to the lips of the pundits and the headline writers in the tabloids were working overtime.

It is easy to scoff at the outcry when these two teams meet, but Sunday’s match is actually a rarity – an FA Cup tie between these two teams.

Their fortunes may have diverged in recent years, but the animosity between the supporters is as fierce as ever, and another opportunity for bragging rights in the north-west is always welcome.

There have been only eight post-war meetings in the FA Cup between the bitter rivals, and United have the clear advantage triumphing in seven of those, including two final wins.

Liverpool won the last meeting however, when Peter Crouch scored the only goal in the fifth round of the 2006 competition, and they went on to lift the trophy that year.

In fact, in four out of the five other meetings between the two sides that weren’t in the final, the victor has gone on to either win or reach the final. If you hold faith in historical omens, then one of the two teams will be walking out at Wembley in May.

Besides the FA Cup, these two teams have served up some memorable games in domestic cup competitions and with great games often come great goals. In expectation of a repeat performance on Sunday, Goal.com UK looks at some of the strikes that have gone down in the annals of these teams’ history.

10. Peter Crouch



Anfield,
FA Cup 5th Round,
2006

(Liverpool 1-0 Man United)


Liverpool had just seen a Harry Kewell header tipped round the post by Edwin Van der Sar when from the resultant corner, Steve Finnan crossed to Peter Crouch. The big striker got a decent head on the ball, unmarked, and managed to squirt it past Van der Sar’s despairing dive.

Despite being a pretty unmemorable game, this goal’s significance was monumental. It was Liverpool’s first FA Cup win over United in 85 years, and led to their second FA Cup triumph in five years.

9. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer



Old Trafford,
FA Cup 4th Round,
1999

(Man United 2-1 Liverpool)


In this their treble winning year, United are usually remembered for their dramatic Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored more than one memorable late goal that season.

Liverpool had led for nearly the entire game after Michael Owen nodded them ahead after 155 seconds. After Dwight Yorke had tied it up at 1-1 with two minutes to spare, Solskjaer hit a left foot shot beyond David James to dredge up nightmares of Arsenal ’89 for all Liverpool fans.

8. Mark Hughes


Maine Road,
FA Cup Semi-Final
(Replay)
1985

(Man United 2-1 Liverpool)


The initial tie had ended 2-2 and will feature later on in the countdown, but in the replay Manchester United showed they were still a force to be reckoned with.

Liverpool were the team of the 80s and favourites to win after forcing the replay. Yet after equalising through Bryan Robson, United stole the show with an excellent goal. Gordon Strachan ran from inside his own half before jinking inside Kevin MacDonald and playing a delicious through-ball to Mark Hughes. Hughes timed his run perfectly before slotting under Bruce Grobbelaar to send United fans into ecstasy.

7. Alan Kennedy



Wembley Stadium,
League Cup Final,
1983
(Liverpool 2-1 Man United)

Alan Kennedy had scored in the League Cup final when Liverpool first won in 1981 and the marauding defender was on target two years later. With the exception of John Arne Riise, Liverpool left-backs aren’t renowned for bullet shots, but Kennedy equalised for Liverpool with a thunderbolt. After picking up a ball to the left of the penalty area, Kennedy unleashed a vicious 20-yard shot that went through a sea of players and eluded the fully-stretched United keeper. Liverpool eventually won the game 2-1.

6. Ronnie Whelan



Goodison Park,
FA Cup Semi-Final,
1985
(Liverpool 2-2 Man United)


Ronnie Whelan had already scored a wonder goal against Manchester United, two years previously in the League Cup final. His goal in the semi-final was very similar to that strike, but even better. United were three minutes away when Whelan picked up the ball just outside the area. After playing a one-two with Phil Neal, the midfielder hit a curling shot from 20 yards which nestled perfectly in the top right-hand corner of the net. Given the moment and the sweetness of the strike, it is one of the most memorable goals in FA Cup history.

5. Norman Whiteside



Wembley Stadium,
League Cup Final,
1983
(Liverpool 2-1 Man United)

Although United were on the losing side, Norman Whiteside’s goal was both artful and important. The goal made Whiteside the youngest player to score in the League Cup final, a feat which stands to this day. He was 17 years and 324 days old.

Gordon McQueen played a 60-yardball, which Whiteside controlled beautifully on his chest. With his back to goal and Alan Hansen closely marking, the youngster had a lot to do. As he swivelled he dipped his shoulder, turned away from the experienced Scot before side-footing the ball past Grobbelaar from 18 yards.

4. Michael Owen


Millennium Stadium,
League Cup Final,
2003
(Liverpool 2-0 Man United)


Liverpool had been in free-fall in the league since leading by seven points in October, and Manchester United were looking like sweeping the board domestically. The match had already been called by most before the game as a formality for United. Liverpool defied the odds with keeper Jerzy Dudek making a string of brilliant saves. Michael Owen sealed the win with a well-taken goal, which showcased his pace, composure and skill to angle a shot across Fabien Barthez.

3. Bryan Robson


Maine Road,
FA Cup Semi-Final
(Replay)
1985

(Man United 2-1 Liverpool)


Mark Hughes might have scored the winner, but Bryan Robson’s solo effort was the highlight of this game. After playing a one-two with Frank Stapleton, Robson took it past a Liverpool defender with ease before motoring towards the goal. Leaving Ronnie Whelan in his wake, Robson noticed Grobbelaar off his line and hit a curling shot from 25 yards straight into the top corner. It was the second truly great goal in this tie, and again one of the best ever.

2. Jan Molby



Anfield,
League Cup 4th Round,
1985
(Liverpool 2-1 Man United)


The broad, stocky Dane was renowned for his vision, skill and composure on the ball, not his dribbling ability or pace. Yet he defied all belief when he scored a Maradona-esque goal in the fourth round. Breaking up the play just inside his own half, Molby bombed up the right touchline. Showing surprising pace for a big man he cut inside, taking it effortlessly past Clayton Blackmore. Advancing to the penalty area unchallenged he hit a rocket from just outside the D, which bent and dipped past Gary Bailey.

1. Eric Cantona



Wembley Stadium,
FA Cup Final,
1996
(Liverpool 0-1 Man United)

The grudge match of all grudge matches, the 1996 FA Cup final was by no means a classic. Yet, the goal that won it was iconic all the same. Earlier in the season Liverpool were the visitors to Old Trafford the day Eric Cantona returned to the United side after his ban for drop-kicking a fan. The game ended 2-2 with Cantona scoring the equalising penalty.

After a 2-0 win for Liverpool at Anfield, the two top-scoring teams in the league had one more chance to be the ones to crow. Liverpool had the opportunity to deprive their bitter rivals of the Double, Manchester United could confirm their status as the best team in England.

After 85 minutes of inaction, the game sprang into life. David Beckham swung a corner from the right, which Liverpool keeper David James came to punch. Despite connecting, he fell over his own defender and sprawled on the ground. The ball found its way out to Cantona on the edge of the area. The Frenchman, who had been quiet all game, took a step back to give himself room to hit a shot quickly and fired a half-volley. Improbably, the ball flew through a cluster of Liverpool defenders and nestled in the back of the net.

The moment is etched in time, ranking as one of the most painful for Liverpool fans and joyous for United. You only need to have seen the look of pained devastation on John Barnes’ face to know what the goal had meant.

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