Liverpool Must Defeat Recent History to Ensure Victory at Manchester United

Max Munton@thisisanfieldLiverpool CorrespondentMarch 12, 2014

Liverpool Must Defeat Recent History to Ensure Victory at Manchester United

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    Liverpool's recent record against Manchester United at Old Trafford makes for sorry reading, with four consecutive defeats following the Reds into this weekend's meeting between the two sides.

    Brendan Rodgers will be keen for his side to end the miserable run to maintain the Reds' hopes of mounting a Premier League title challenge going into the final 10 games of the season.

    Having beaten David Moyes' side at Anfield earlier in the season thanks to a single Daniel Sturridge header, Liverpool will be looking for a rare league double over their arch rivals.

    Liverpool have every right to feel confident about this Sunday's trip to Salford—11 points ahead of their opponents and the most in-form and highest-scoring team in the league.

    However, even that 1-0 win at home back in September was quickly followed by a League Cup third-round exit at Old Trafford and, as we're about to show you, recent history isn't on Liverpool's side.

Man United 1-4 Liverpool (2008/09)

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    Roll back almost exactly five years and Liverpool recorded their most memorable of victories at Old Trafford in a long time.

    Embroiled in an exciting title race, and fresh from Rafa Benitez's infamous "fact" tirade against the club and Alex Ferguson, Liverpool strolled into Old Trafford and swept their title rivals aside.

    United took a first-half lead thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, but Fernando Torres ran Nemanja Vidic ragged, scoring an equaliser, and Steven Gerrard converted a penalty to give the visitors the lead at the break.

    Liverpool flourished in the second-half, adding to their lead when Fabio Aurelio's wonderful free-kick sailed in and Andrea Dossena added a fourth with a wicked lob over Edwin van der Sar on a torrid day for the United goalkeeper.

Man United 2-1 Liverpool (2009/10)

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    In a miserable season for Liverpool that would end up costing Benitez his job, Liverpool slumped to a 2-1 defeat on their visit to Old Trafford in March 2010.

    Torres got the visitors off to a flying start, heading home Dirk Kuyt's cross, but Wayne Rooney soon equalised, following up after seeing his penalty saved by Pepe Reina.

    Park Ji-Sung headed in United's winner shortly after half-time, collecting all three points for Ferguson's side.

Man United 3-2 Liverpool (2010/11)

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    In a thrilling contest, United eventually edged Roy Hodgson's Liverpool out of the game thanks to a Dimitar Berbatov hat-trick.

    Berbatov had headed in the first shortly before half-time and scored a fantastic overhead kick just before the hour mark to put United in firm control of the game.

    The game wasn't without some heroics though, with Liverpool coming back from two goals down to equalise thanks to a penalty and nifty free-kick from Gerrard.

    Berbatov had the last laugh though, heading home for United's winner six minutes from time during a rich vein of form for the Bulgarian.

    Liverpool's line-up that day went some way to encapsulating Hodgson's time at Anfield, with Paul Konchesky, Christian Poulsen and Joe Cole all starting.

Man United 2-1 Liverpool (2011/12)

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    There was a bad taste in the mouth surrounding the two side's meeting at Old Trafford in February 2012, following the dragged-out saga surrounding Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra's race row.

    Suarez refused to shake hands with Evra before the match, but it was the United player who got the last laugh, goading the Uruguayan at full-time.

    Wayne Rooney scored two second-half goals, which were enough to secure the points for Ferguson's side, despite Suarez scrambling home a goal late on.

Man United 2-1 Liverpool (2012/13)

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    Liverpool's most recent trip to Old Trafford was significant in that it was Rodgers' first of these intense games in charge of the Reds and be would Ferguson's last before he retired at the end of the season.

    Nevertheless, it was still a disappointing day for the traveling Kop as Robin van Persie and Vidic gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.

    Sturridge pulled one back just before the hour mark, but Liverpool couldn't find a second way past David de Gea in the United goal.