Man United vs Liverpool: Five classic clashes

‘Barca higher level than Man Utd’ – Pochettino

Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday in what is one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures on the Premier League calendar.

With both teams seemingly fighting it out for second place this season, you might expect the match to be somewhat of an anticlimax. But this fixture is never one to disappoint.

The close proximity of the two cities, their status as England's most decorated clubs domestically and in Europe, plus their battle for regional bragging rights mean the annual clash always enjoys its fair share of drama.

FOX Sports Asia take a look back at five of the classic matches between these two great clubs.

Liverpool 3-3 Man United (January 4, 1994)

Top of the table, Sir Alex Ferguson's side found themselves 3-0 up against ninth-placed Liverpool after just 23 minutes thanks to a Steve Bruce header, a beautiful chip from Ryan Giggs and a stunning free kick from Denis Irwin.

A Nigel Clough brace before the half-time interval brought the Merseysiders back into the contest, before a Neil Ruddock goal levelled matters 11 minutes from full-time.

Man United 2-2 Liverpool (October 1, 1995)

After spending eight months on the sidelines for his assault on a Crystal Palace fan, Eric Cantona returned to the Manchester United side for the home clash against their old rivals. The hosts took the lead early on through Nicky Butt, before Robbie Fowler gave the visitors the advantage. In the 71st minute, though, United were awarded a penalty and Cantona made no mistake from the spot.

Man United 1-4 Liverpool (March 14, 2009)

This match saw Liverpool revive their slim hopes of beating United to the Premier League title. Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot halfway through the first half, before Fernando Torres levelled matters five minutes later.

Steven Gerrard put the Reds in front just before the half-time interval from the penalty spot, before Nemanja Vidic was given his marching orders 15 minutes from time. Rafa Benitez's side then added two more goals through Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena to hand the Old Trafford club their biggest home defeat in 17 years. The title still went to United.

Man United 3-2 Liverpool (September 19, 2010)

In what was arguably his best match in a red shirt, Dimitar Berbatov scored a hat-trick to leave Roy Hodgson's side near the bottom of the table after five matches of the season. The Bulgarian opened the scoring just before half-time and made it 2-0 on the hour with a stunning overhead kick.

A Gerrard brace – a penalty and a curling free-kick somewhat undeservedly levelled matters for the visitors 10 minutes later, before Berbatov completed his hat-trick six minutes from time.

Man United 0-3 Liverpool (March 16, 2014)

Liverpool were handed three penalties at Old Trafford in what was one of the most one-sided matches ever between the two sides.

Gerrard made no mistake with the first two but hit the post with the third to miss out on a remarkable hat-trick after Nemanja Vidic was red-carded for the fourth time against Liverpool. Luis Suarez then confirmed Liverpool’s supremacy with a goal of his own in the 84th minute.