Spain has El Clasico, Italy has the Derby d'Italia, France has La Clasique, Germany has Der Klassiker, and we have the #NorthWestDerby
This clash between #England
's 2 most successful teams, unlike the aforementioned derbies is not a clash of ideologies, or rich vs poor, or any of the usual dynamics; this is a clash of 2 pillars of English culture from the rugged North Western industrial working class areas of the country, and a thirst to be known as nothing other than the counties best!
Here we will look at some of their best clashes at Old Trafford during the noughties:
Following the conclusion of the 2001-02 season; Gerard #Houllier
finished ahead of Manchester United for the first time in the #Premiership
era, and had also claimed wins over #TheRedDevils
in each of their last 4 games including consecutive wins at Old Trafford. In 02-03, #United
would subject #TheReds
to their heaviest defeat in this fixture as they ran out 4-0 winners on April 5th 2003. Ruud #VanNistelrooy
would help himself to a brace, while Ryan #Giggs
, and Ole Gunnar #Solskjaer
would complete the rout.
12 months later however, it would be Liverpool stunning United at O.T, as Danny #Murphy
ended his LFC stint by getting his 3rd winning goal against United at The Theatre of Dreams as Liverpool won 1-0 in April 2004.
would have a tough go of it away to United early on, as United won 2-1 in Rio #Ferdinand
's return match in September 2004, before the defender himself scored the winning effort at the death in the January 2006 meeting.
The defeats would get more comprehensive in the coming seasons, as United won 2-0 in the October 2006 with Rio again scoring, as did Paul #Scholes
on his 500th game for the club. A March 2008 meeting saw United win 3-0, meaning that Liverpool had not beaten United in the league since April 2004!
That would soon come to an end as Liverpool decimated their rivals 4-1 in March 2009! Cristiano #Ronaldo
's penalty gave the home side the lead, however goals from: Fernando #Torres
, Steven #Gerrad
, Fabio #Aurelio
, and Andrea #Dossena
completed the rout!