The Liverpool-Manchester United rivalry, one of the most heated and passionate derbies in English football, is just a few days away from us. The hatred between the two teams is more than a battle on the pitch and is one that is fuelled by social and cultural factors, too.
This year’s battle will see two very new sides with two new managers in-charge of the teams. Both teams may lack local players from Liverpool and Manchester, but on the field, the passion and determination to get one over the other will certainly be on display, just like the fierce battles of yesteryear.
The Liverpool-United derbies of the past have been incredible games of passion, aggression, and memorable individual performances and goals.
#10 Rafael, Anfield, 23 September 2012
After the retirement of Gary Neville, Rafael da Silva became United’s first-choice right-back in 2012. The Brazilian was given the #2 jersey and started in most games for the club.
The 2012 season was a bittersweet season for United fans; United won their 20th league title, but their legendary manager of 26 years, Sir Alex Ferguson bid goodbye and retired from football management.
United set the early pace in the league and one of their important victories was the away win at Anfield in September. After going behing to a Gerrard goal, the Red Devils fought back with a fantastic piece of individual brilliance by right-back Rafael.
The right-back darted forward with the ball, laid it off to Valencia whose cross was chested down by Shinji Kagawa to the Brazilian. Rafael took a touch, shifted the ball to his left and curled one past Liverpool goalkeeper Reina.