Five classic Liverpool-Man United matches as the two clubs resume fierce rivalry

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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.

United 2 Liverpool 1, 1977

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.

21st May 1977: Brian Greenhoff (centre) lifting the FA Cup with his brother Jimmy who scored Manchester United's second and winning goal in the final against Liverpool at Wembley. (Photo by Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images)

United denied Liverpool the Treble in 1977.

Liverpool 2 United 1, 1983

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.

Apr 1983: Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool in action during the Milk Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London. Liverpool won the match 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/Allsport

Kenny Dalglish and company were too good for United at Wembley in 1983.

Liverpool 3 United 3, 1994

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.

Neil Ruddock of Liverpool heads in the third goal against Manchester United as Paul Ince looks on, Anfield Liverpool, 4th January 1994. The Premier League game went on to finish 3 - 3. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Neil Ruddock headed in a late goal to rescue a point from 3-0 down for Liverpool.

United 2 Liverpool 1, 1999

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.

24 Jan 1999: Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel celebrates during the FA Cup fourth round clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. United won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport

Peter Schmeichel celebrated the first of many famous United comebacks in 1999.

United 1 Liverpool 4, 2009

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.

Liverpool's Italian defender Andrea Dossena (R) is congratulated by Dutch forward Ryan Babel after scoring the final goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League football match at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 14, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Andrea Dossena added the icing on the cake in Liverpool’s 4-1 win at Old Trafford

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Southampton's Virgil van Dijk the player to watch in Gameweek Eight

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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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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Captain Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and two ins, two outs for Gameweek Eight

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code 2529004-595062.

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.

CAPTAIN – ALEXIS SANCHEZ | ARSENAL |11.9M

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.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

ALTERNATIVES

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.

BOLD CHOICE

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.

TWO INS

VIRGIL VAN DIJK | SOUTHAMPTON  | 5.4M

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.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

STEPHEN WARD | BURNLEY | 4.6M

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.

Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward

TWO OUTS

SADIO MANE | LIVERPOOL | 9.4M

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.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN | MANCHESTER UNITED | 8.5M

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.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L)

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