We’re about to get a double dose from Manchester United against Liverpool.
The famous rivals will face off in the Premier League next weekend and now, thanks to tekkers in Peter Crouch’s draw, they will face each other again a week later at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The two most successful teams in English football have had more than their fair share of battles over the years. They have won 41 league titles between them, taking turns to dominate English football – whether it is Liverpool’s success under Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish or the rise of Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson.
But as their hammer-tongs league history continued into the 2020s, with Liverpool taking the initiative under Jurgen Klopp, the cup encounters between the two teams have dwindled.
When did Liverpool and Manchester United last meet in the Cup?
While the latter two met in the 2015/16 Europa League, their last meeting in a national cup competition came in 2013, when a strike from Javier Hernandez sent David Moyes’ side through to the fourth round of the Ligue’s cup.
To find their last FA Cup meeting, you have to go back 20 months, when they met at Anfield in – you guessed it – in the fourth round.
Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt, who loved a goal against the Red Devils, sent United to the final against Chelsea, which would be Kenny Dalglish’s last game in charge.
FA Cup head-to-head record
However, delve deeper into FA Cup history between the two clubs and things start to look a little hairy for the Reds. This Kuyt-inspired victory was one of the four The FA Cup meetings between the two Liverpools have won in all of their history. United have won nine.
If you are worried it is a bad omen, then look away before getting into their away record against United in the FA Cup.
Surprisingly, Liverpool haven’t beaten their away rivals in the competition since January 12, 1921. The draw for this year’s fourth round was made on January 11, 2021 – a shy day to be. exactly 100 years later.
One of the most famous FA Cup encounters between the teams took place in the final in 1977. Paisley’s Liverpool were the favorites, having already won the league, but were caught by Tommy Docherty’s United, who have ended any hope the Anfield giants had of finishing the season with a treble.
It started a long streak of FA Cup hoodoo for Liverpool, who would not beat United in the competition again until 2006.
United also won the only other FA Cup final with the duo, when Eric Cantona’s strike won the match in 1996.
As the two gear up for a current cup classic, neither team looks like the dominant force they have been in the past, but rarely has it been more finely balanced.
Their Premier League meeting, which comes a week earlier, may well determine who will be the favorites. But where these two are concerned, the form can be safely thrown out the window.
It’s their first FA Cup meeting in almost eight years and it should be a cracker.