Manchester United travel to Liverpool on Saturday in a resumption of one of the world’s biggest derbies, as England’s two most successful clubs share a rivalry that spans more than the short distance between Old Trafford and Anfield.
Here’s a look at five classic matches between the two fierce rivals.
Over 20 years before United became the first team to complete the treble, Liverpool had the chance to pull off the feat. They came into the FA Cup final having sealed the league title, and would go on to win the European Cup four days later. But at Wembley, United had other ideas.
Lou Macari’s deflected winner won the FA Cup for the Red Devils as they ruined their rivals’ chances of winning the treble.
The 80s was virtually a lost decade for United, while Liverpool reigned supreme in both England and Europe. It was a painful time for Red Devils fans, and Liverpool punctuated their misery at the old Wembley Stadium in 1983.
Ronnie Whelan’s delightful curled winner sealed the Reds’ third consecutive League Cup in Bob Paisley’s last season in charge.
If the 80s was United’s lost decade, the 90s ended up on a similar note for Liverpool. An immensely talented team always seemed to fall short in their challenges for trophies, a fact made harder to bear by United’s resurgence and subsequent dominance. The decade threw up some classic encounters between the two rivals, with this one of the best of the lot.
United raced into a 3-0 lead after just 25 minutes at Anfield, but Nigel Clough scored two before Neil Ruddock’s equaliser.
This was United’s fairytale season, but the treble talk could have been nipped in the bud by their fiercest rivals. Liverpool took an early lead at Old Trafford thanks to a 2nd-minute goal from Michael Owen, then held on and looked set for victory.
United’s treble dream looked sunk but late Dwight Yorke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goals sealed an FA Cup 4th round win.
The last time these two sides were pitted against each other in a title race, and this clash was set to be a pivotal one. United fans won’t ever forget this Old Trafford humiliation, which included goals from Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena.
However, they had the last laugh as after a slight wobble, United held on to win the league. Liverpool wouldn’t come this close for another five years.
You have plenty of big decisions to make as you pick your Fantasy Premier League team for every Gameweek.
After the end of the international break, it's time to look ahead to Gameweek Eight.
There's lots to ponder, but here's a look at which player is the one to watch this week.
The spotlight will be on Virgil van Dijk of Southampton as he faces Newcastle United at home.
Watch the video above to find out why he deserves your attention in this round.
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Another international break comes to an end and we return to the excitement of the Premier League.
Sadio Mane’s injury amongst others have left Fantasy Premier League managers with a few concerns while there’s also the big clash between Liverpool and Manchester United to consider with the latter facing challenging fixtures ahead.
Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek Eight.
In the last Gameweek, Romelu Lukaku (11.8m) just about saved our blushes with a late goal against Crystal Palace.
This week, Alexis Sanchez is the top pick for the captaincy. It’s a bit unexpected given that he’s only just returned to the starting XI but he’s already made a strong case for the armband in his last couple of outings.
He’s registered an assist in each of the last two fixtures and delivered a stellar attacking display against Brighton in particular. He had the most shots on goal in the league during the last round, eight in total, and created six chances as well.
If the Chilean is getting back to his best, then Arsenal’s fixtures won’t really matter too much in terms of playing him. Like Harry Kane or Eden Hazard, he’s likely to deliver regardless of the level of opposition when he’s in his element.
In any case, the next three fixtures for the Gunners look pretty inviting. Most importantly though – and this is key – Sanchez is selected by just 2.6% of FPL managers. A player of that calibre and reputation is bound to score big, soon, and when he does that’s going to provide a few managers who pay his steep price a tidy differential…. perhaps even this weekend.
HARRY KANE is in superb form and is probably a great pick for the captaincy this week and could easily wind up being this weekend’s highest scorer as Tottenham host Bournemouth who are second from bottom. However, the Englishman is yet to score at Wembley in the league this season.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are arguably the most likely to score big this weekend as they entertain Stoke and with Sergio Aguero recovering from injury, GABRIEL JESUS (10.5m) and DAVID SILVA (8.5m) are both good options as well.
GYLFI SIGURDSSON (8.2m) is yet to deliver for Everton this season but he is creating chances and returns to the club in form after helping Iceland to wins over Turkey and Kosovo to secure a spot in next year’s World Cup.
Back into the fold and ideally, he should be straight back into several FPL squads as well. In his first start of the season in the last GW, Virgil van Dijk put in a beastly performance. Yes, he gave away a penalty, but a closer inspection of his stats shows he had three shots at goal, won 11 aerial duels and racked up three interceptions, seven clearances and four blocks. Beast.
The Burnley defender has sneaked up to third place in the game’s highest scoring defenders with 41, tied with Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal. At just 4.6m, he’s a real bargain and apart from having to face City away in GW9 and Arsenal at home in GW13, Burnley have a good run of fixtures all the way to GW19.
A hamstring injury away on international duty rules Sadio Mane out for the next six weeks and will no doubt see him dropped by most of his owners in FPL as well. Mohamed Salah (9.2m) and Philippe Coutinho (9m) are straight swaps while the likes of Silva and Christian Eriksen (9.7m) are also standout out options in midfield.
The Armenian began the season in fine form but his influence has started to wane in the last couple of weeks, providing returns only once in his last four outings. With Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea to face over the next four rounds, now may be the time to cash out.