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5 of the most one-sided Manchester United vs Liverpool games

Akshaj Sinha
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Luis Suarez was accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011

The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is one of the biggest, iconic and historic battles in English football.

Both the clubs are separated by a distance of 30 miles and the meeting on Saturday afternoon will be the 200th time these two fierce rivals meet each other.

Manchester United hold the advantage with 79 wins over Liverpool's 65 wins. Steven Gerrard is the joint top goalscorer in this fixture with nine goals while Ryan Giggs holds the record for the most number of appearances with 48.

This game involves all the drama, controversy, goals, red cards and much more.

From facing each other while challenging for the top of the league, there has been a slight decline with both clubs now facing each other in a situation where they are competing for the second place and not the league title.

There has been a decline not just in the level of competition but with the recent few fixtures and results.

The last meetings in the Premier League have combined for a total of only two goals, with the scoreline being 0-0 on two different occasions.

The games have become predictable, boring and even one-sided. All the hype and expectations have been failed to live up to by both the teams.

Here is a look at the five most one-sided games between these two great rivals:

#5 Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United, March 2011

Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League
Dirk Kuyt scored his first hattrick for Liverpool

It was March 6, 2011, when Liverpool hosted Manchester United at Anfield. The Reds came into this game placed seventh on the table whereas United was on top of the league with 60 points.

New signing Luis Suarez was making his debut in this fixture and it proved to be a memorable one.

He haunted the United defence with his skill, trickery and pace. However, the star of the afternoon was Dirk Kuyt.

Suarez went past three United defenders with his excellent ball control in the box to set up Dirk Kuyt for the opening goal in the 34th minute.

Five minutes later, Suarez was once again at it, crossing the ball from the right which was headed in the opposite direction, to the six-yard box by Nani which was headed in by Kuyt to double the lead for Liverpool.

A near footed foul by Jamie Carragher on Nani saw him earn a yellow card. The impact of the challenge caused serious pain to the Portuguese, causing him to be stretchered off.

Later in the game, Rafael returned the favour with a sliding tackle on Lucas Leiva that saw him receive a yellow card.

The game was getting heated and tempers had begun to flare.

In the 65th minute, a Suarez free-kick was parried away by a diving Edwin Van der Sar but the rebound was tucked away by Kuyt to complete his hattrick.

The Dutchman's treble was only the second treble scored by a Liverpool player in 21 years.

Javier Hernandez pulled a goal back late in the game but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

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