Liverpool host arch-rivals Manchester United in the English Premier League for the first time under the floodlights in an expanded Anfield stadium marking the 197th meeting between the two on 17 October. Over the years, the rivalry among these heavyweights of English football has brought out the good, ugly and the best from the players who represented these clubs.
Reliving the historic rivalry, we present to you five of the legendary individual performances the world has witnessed in this grueling and captivating fixture, which has not yet lost its shine among club football rivalries.
#5 Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona was banned for eight months from football by the Football Association for his infamous ‘kung-fu’ kick on a Crystal Palace fan on 25 January 1995. The Frenchman returned to the fold against Liverpool in October 1995, scoring and assisting in a 2-2 draw, but it was in the 1996 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Liverpool that he truly made the difference.
With the deadlock still to be broken and the match ready to go to extra time, David James came forward to clear a Manchester United corner on 86 minutes, but could only punch the ball onto the path of Cantona who volleyed a sumptuous strike, which could have won any game, through a sea of players into the net.
This was not the best performance from Cantona against Liverpool, but this was a stark reminder of the quality the Frenchman possessed to be a decisive player in the big games and he proved it as this performance saw United lifting the FA Cup, completing the domestic double and cementing Cantona as one of the modern legends of Manchester United.