As Man United and Liverpool prepare to do battle again for the second time this season, we've dug out a classic between the north west rivals, when 10-man United clawed back two in a six-goal thriller at Anfield between the top two teams in the old First Division...
In 1988 Liverpool were head and shoulders above their challengers, with an awesome team packed with attacking verve, while United were enjoying their best season to date under the management of Alex Ferguson, who had arrived at Old Trafford a year-and-a-half previously. The Reds welcomed their rivals to Anfield in April of that year with United trailing them in second by 11 points, despite the Red Devils having played two games more.
United's fiery Scot Gordon Strachan entertained the away fans by puffing on an imaginary cigar in front of the Anfield faithful, after rescuing a seemingly lost cause by scoring the goal that drew Man United level at 3-3 - a theme that has become the norm over the years under Fergie. The Scot seemed to revel in enraging Kopites, who had watched their team dominate for a large part of the game, only to throw away three points. Liverpool's British record signing Peter Beardsley showed his class and was influential in helping the Reds out-play United, as was brilliant winger John Barnes, helping Liverpool go from 1-0 down to 2-1 up inside four minutes. Midfield enforcer Steve McMahon's rocket looked to have settled things in the home side's favour, especially after United's Colin Gibson was sent off. However, United captain Bryan Robson - who had scored their first - clawed one back, before Strachan cooly made it 3-3.
The undoubted star of the show, though, was manager Kenny's new born baby, Lauren. Cradling his daughter in a post-match interview, Dalglish, after learning about Fergie's rant about decisions against his team, said: “You'll get more sense out of my baby than him.”
What happened next?
United finished the season in second, nine points adrift of their bitter enemies, who claimed their 17th title at a canter.
Also in April 1988...
Cult TV soap Crossroads aired for the last time on ITV (until being revived in 2001, only to be axed again in 2003).
Pet Shop Boys' 'Heart' was no.1 in the single charts.
Now That's What I Call Music 11 topped the album charts, featuring songs from Billy Ocean, Belinda Carlisle and Bananarama.
Broadcast News, starring Holly Hunter and Jack Nicholson, was the month's big cinema release.
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