Throughout the longstanding history of the FA Cup, England’s two most successful clubs have played each other a total of 17 times, with Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford being number 18 and the first behind closed doors.
Liverpool don’t have the greatest record against their arch rivals in the cup. Even when the teams were drawn together under Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool were running away with league titles and winning European Cups, but came unstuck against United a few times in this competition.
While Liverpool fans have had the chance for 9,000 of them to sing ‘Campiones’ around Old Trafford on Sunday taken away from them, in the past there has been plenty to sing and shout about when playing United in the cup, specifically in the past 20 years.
Here is a look back on a few times when the Reds knocked their rivals out of the competition.
Dirk Kuyt winner (2012)
The last time the two sides met in the FA Cup stretches back almost a decade ago, when an 88th minute winner from Dirk Kuyt sent Liverpool into the fifth round right in front of the Kop.
Liverpool went on to reach the FA Cup final that year, as well as winning the League Cup in Kenny Dalglish’s second reign.
The game was an early kick off as Daniel Agger put the Reds ahead before Park Ji-Sung equalised for United.
Kuyt had already built up a reputation with the Liverpool fans as a big game player and is still known to be somewhat of a cult hero around Anfield, a knocked down header sent him through on goal before in typical Kuyt fashion he hit it hard and low past Van Der Saar.
Peter Crocuh goal (2006)
In 2006, Peter Crouch’s header ensured that Liverpool knocked United out and landed themselves a place in the quarter-finals.
This win was on the run to Cardiff, which saw Liverpool win the FA Cup for the seventh and still most recent time.
Crouch’s reputation as the front man was aided by this performance at the time and saw him be given a run in the side and start the cup final.
Steven Gerrard was given man of the match as Liverpool dominated a fairly one-sided game, giving Rafa Benitez the victory in the one FA Cup game in which he faced Alex Ferguson.
Dan Cunliffe (1898)
The first ever meeting between the two sides stretches back to 16 February 1898!
The tie was settled by a Dan Cunliffe winner at Anfield in the second round.
Bill Lacey (1921)
A century ago, Bill Lacey won the tie for the Reds at Old Trafford. This is the last time Liverpool have beaten their rivals away from home in the competition.
Irishman Lacey scored the winner after Harry Chambers opened the scoring in a first round replay between the sides.