By Jonty Sutherland. LAST UPDATED October 13th, 2016

Man United versus Liverpool: Five feisty fixtures

Tempers often flare


The two sides in red have been involved in some very memorable fixtures over the years with things getting a bit feisty both on and off the field, and particularly between rival fans!

January 2006 — Manchester United 1 – 0 Liverpool (Premier League)

A dramatic late winner from Rio Ferdinand gave Man United the victory in this one, but it was the actions of Man United’s Gary Neville that stick in the memory.

Obviously pleased at the 90th minute goal, Neville decided to run half the pitch in order to celebrate in front of the travelling Liverpool fans. He faced great criticism for his actions including from Greater Manchester Police who linked his actions to later crowd trouble. Neville was fined and given a warning for his passionate outburst.

February 2006 — Liverpool 1 – 0 Manchester United (FA Cup)

Crowd trouble and a horror injury marred this feisty fixture that is now definitely not remembered for Peter Crouch’s headed winner in the first half.

Reports surfaced that a small minority had gathered around an ambulance taking the badly injured Alan Smith to hospital. Sadly this group was not wishing him a safe recovery from his broken leg. Objects were thrown at the ambulance while some actually attempted to rock the vehicle from side to side.

Not only this, but there were suggestions that, during the game, a Liverpool fan threw a cup of excrement into the travelling Man United fans.

October 2009 — Liverpool 2 – 0 Manchester United (Premier League)

Man United fans headed to Anfield looking to taunt Liverpool fans as their side had just equalled Liverpool’s 18 league titles. They were left disappointed with the result as they watched Fernando Torres run riot with centre-back Nemanja Vidic particularly suffering and receiving his third red card in three games against Liverpool after fouling Dirk Kuyt.

Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano was also given his marching orders in a fiery encounter where Liverpool fans made very clear their feelings towards the returning Michael Owen who came on as a sub against his former club. Chants of “Judas” could be heard around the ground.

March 2015 — Liverpool 1 – 2 Manchester United (Premier League)

Steven Gerrard was unable to last a minute in this one as Martin Atkinson showed the Liverpool legend a red card after only 38 seconds on the field. With Man United leading 1-0, Brendan Rodgers called upon his talismanic captain to bring Liverpool back into the game. This backfired, however, as Gerrard needlessly stamped on Ander Herrera and received a straight red.

March 2016 — Manchester United 1 – 1 Liverpool (Agg 1-3) (Europa League)

Liverpool progressed in this two-leg Europa League clash but it was the clashing fans that left their mark on this one.

Both punches and seats were thrown between opposing supporters while smoke bombs and flares were used in some sections of the crowd. Five men were arrested in a game that was maybe expected to get heated after offensive Hillsborough chants in the first leg and an inappropriate banner placed on the motorway heading into Manchester.