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Remember When We Won The League At Liverpool?

OK, first of all: I know full well that we haven't actually clinched the league title on April 19, 1997 but that day was as decisive as that cold February afternoon at Old Trafford in 2001 when we blew Arsenal away to go 16 points clear.

Back in 1997 United were two points clear of Liverpool with a game in hand when, with four games to go, the two giants clashed at Anfield. A Liverpool win would have put them top albeit with United having a game in hand.

However, no home win came as United were simply too strong. John Barnes quickly equalised after Pallister's early opener (with an Andy Cole chance squeezed in between) but that was as good as it got for the hosts as we outplayed them.

It looked as though they might strike lucky in the end as United kept missing chances even though Liverpool's defending ranged from the shambolic to the disastrous. The champions were clearly fired up by the atmosphere and their 1-0 defeat at Dortmund in midweek: their passing was sharp and incisive and carved open Liverpool repeatedly.

Of course the referee also played his part, as they always seem to do at Anfield, having failed to award a penalty for a blatant handball by Kvarme but United's attackers had noone to blame but themselves for squandering easy chances.

However, we got some assistance from another source than our own players: David James' hardly unexpected blunder handed us the initiative again after a somewhat difficult few minutes at the end of the first half. Gary Pallister, again, capitalised on the mistake and from that moment United were never going to lose.

The travelling army, obviously, outsang the famous Anfield crowd in the second half, especially after another horrific James mistake allowed Andy Cole to wrap up the points in the 60th minute. We dealt with Roy Evans' men with ease in the remaining half hour while the away support was singing about how we won the league at Merseyside.

And that's what we virtually did: with three games to go for their rivals, United were five points clear with a game in hand. They were never going to relinquish that advantage and to this day we can proudly remember how we won the league at Anfield with a glorious display. Life doesn't get much sweeter than that.

And what's the relevance of this game now? I'm sure you've all figured it out by now...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 13 2009

Time: 3:32PM

Your Comments

Hahah I remember very vividly I was watching that with a Liverpool fan who just would not stop spouting drivel! Brings back good memories.....
ForeverUnited
Hahah I remember very vividly I was watching that with a Liverpool fan who just would not stop spouting drivel! Brings back good memories.....
ForeverUnited
I remember when you lost it Liverpool also, in 92'. I also remember us putting a massive dent in your title hopes in 98', Good Friday at Castle Greyskull. Why don't you write about these? :)
KB1
I remember when you lost it Liverpool also, in 92'. I also remember us putting a massive dent in your title hopes in 98', Good Friday at Castle Greyskull. Why don't you write about these? :)
KB1
Its called selective memory ............
Doody
Its called selective memory ............
Doody
lots of empty seats at old trafford, did it not sell out
ten men
lots of empty seats at old trafford, did it not sell out
ten men
not today though hahahahahahahahahah!
yorkshirepride1
not today though hahahahahahahahahah!
yorkshirepride1
Haha 4-1 to Pool! United Slip up big time!!!
JT_daniel
Haha 4-1 to Pool! United Slip up big time!!!
JT_daniel
The referee was not enough for your 1-0 win this time:D
German Blues Brother
The referee was not enough for your 1-0 win this time:D
German Blues Brother
Do you remember when Liverpool beat you 4-1 at Old Trafford? :)
JohnDoe
Do you remember when Liverpool beat you 4-1 at Old Trafford? :)
JohnDoe
firstly,congrats liverpool well played,I won't be bitter,yes I'm sad but when our team is hell bent on losing then what can I say?
abmutd
firstly,congrats liverpool well played,I won't be bitter,yes I'm sad but when our team is hell bent on losing then what can I say?
abmutd
secondly,this was probably our worst performance for a long,long time and the only positive was that we had a healthy lead which should take us over the line and I still feel that utd has this title covered simply because liverpool and chelsea too will have bad days at the office,there are no to ways about that and utd too will drop pts,so in the end this lead will prove to be vital.
abmutd
secondly,this was probably our worst performance for a long,long time and the only positive was that we had a healthy lead which should take us over the line and I still feel that utd has this title covered simply because liverpool and chelsea too will have bad days at the office,there are no to ways about that and utd too will drop pts,so in the end this lead will prove to be vital.
abmutd
JohnDoe hahaha!!! I was going to leave a similar comment!
JonLFC
JohnDoe hahaha!!! I was going to leave a similar comment!
JonLFC
this game can also be viewed as an eye opener for every utd player and the media who have been hyping us up as if we are invincible,football is a game in which any team can lose including utd,so this should keep them quiet for some time plus I felt there was an eagerness on utd's part to just score as quickly as possible,there is nothing wrong in that but keeping possession is vital as well and we kept on giving away the ball,it felt as if utd were totally absent in this game,their heads seemed to be somewhere else.
abmutd
this game can also be viewed as an eye opener for every utd player and the media who have been hyping us up as if we are invincible,football is a game in which any team can lose including utd,so this should keep them quiet for some time plus I felt there was an eagerness on utd's part to just score as quickly as possible,there is nothing wrong in that but keeping possession is vital as well and we kept on giving away the ball,it felt as if utd were totally absent in this game,their heads seemed to be somewhere else.
abmutd
4-1!!!! Pumped without lubrication!!!
HuddersfieldYiddo
4-1!!!! Pumped without lubrication!!!
HuddersfieldYiddo
Whatever! 4-1 loss its some thing different in front of home fans who probably felt you will win easily or they feared about this result?LOL MANU_POOLS stadium is not full!
Saimon_blues
Whatever! 4-1 loss its some thing different in front of home fans who probably felt you will win easily or they feared about this result?LOL MANU_POOLS stadium is not full!
Saimon_blues
saimon_blues,these things happen mate,football is like that,it can spring up the strangest of results but the most important thing is how we react to this result.
abmutd
saimon_blues,these things happen mate,football is like that,it can spring up the strangest of results but the most important thing is how we react to this result.
abmutd
We had a shocking game all round, Liverpool were the better team on the day, Torres and Gerrard both played well. The positives are that we are still four points clear with a game in hand and we don't often slip up like this so I reckon this will only be a blip. I bet the team got the hair dryer after that one!!
skylab
We had a shocking game all round, Liverpool were the better team on the day, Torres and Gerrard both played well. The positives are that we are still four points clear with a game in hand and we don't often slip up like this so I reckon this will only be a blip. I bet the team got the hair dryer after that one!!
skylab
FACT united got hammered
123spurs
FACT united got hammered
123spurs
also after the bragging rights an next games arrives knowing liverpool will prob draw or loose to a team near bottom.......pool won the battle to day but will they win the war prob not......an last time man u lost 4-1 i think it was my team :D
123spurs
also after the bragging rights an next games arrives knowing liverpool will prob draw or loose to a team near bottom.......pool won the battle to day but will they win the war prob not......an last time man u lost 4-1 i think it was my team :D
123spurs
rafa made fergie his b**ch today FACT, you got battered 4-1 at home FACT, we looked more like champions FACT, the look on fergies face was priceless FACT....... the only thing left unanswered is will man u crack like they did in 1998 strangers things have happened just remember everyone has been saying you lot have won it already and that it is your to throw away i agree but is this the start of it i suppose we will see.......
muffdaddy1983
rafa made fergie his b**ch today FACT, you got battered 4-1 at home FACT, we looked more like champions FACT, the look on fergies face was priceless FACT....... the only thing left unanswered is will man u crack like they did in 1998 strangers things have happened just remember everyone has been saying you lot have won it already and that it is your to throw away i agree but is this the start of it i suppose we will see.......
muffdaddy1983
Can't win them all lads.....I'm sure the title will still be yours as Liverpool blow hot and cold. The Champions league trophy might go to Anfield though.
quietman
Can't win them all lads.....I'm sure the title will still be yours as Liverpool blow hot and cold. The Champions league trophy might go to Anfield though.
quietman
Nice to see the SCUM of football take a pasting at home. Sweet Left Foot will be crying like the clown that he is! 4v1 I love that score line once again 4v1! LMFAO
BrighouseWhite
Nice to see the SCUM of football take a pasting at home. Sweet Left Foot will be crying like the clown that he is! 4v1 I love that score line once again 4v1! LMFAO
BrighouseWhite
lap it up while you can liverpool fans, probably the only thing u'll be able to smile about at the end of the season
ryu00
lap it up while you can liverpool fans, probably the only thing u'll be able to smile about at the end of the season
ryu00
4-1 is a humiliation. Fergies greatest ever? LMAO here. It was nice to see gum chewing oldie turning more red with every goal.
crazyforchelsea
4-1 is a humiliation. Fergies greatest ever? LMAO here. It was nice to see gum chewing oldie turning more red with every goal.
crazyforchelsea
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW LIVERPOOL GOT ON TODAY LADS? LMFAO
bluemooner_mcfc
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW LIVERPOOL GOT ON TODAY LADS? LMFAO
bluemooner_mcfc
Wayne rooney.. 30 million pounds.. Dimitar berbatov.. 30 million pounds... Rio ferdinand ... 30 million pounds.. Fernando Torres.. 25 million pounds... The look on fergie's face when he was raped by tubby in front of 75000..priceless!!
crazyforchelsea
Wayne rooney.. 30 million pounds.. Dimitar berbatov.. 30 million pounds... Rio ferdinand ... 30 million pounds.. Fernando Torres.. 25 million pounds... The look on fergie's face when he was raped by tubby in front of 75000..priceless!!
crazyforchelsea
So let me get this right... United played really badly today and Real Madrid are a very poor team. wtf- give us some freakin credit. The Reds score eight against the two 'biggest' clubs in the world within 5 days conceding a single penalty. Sack Rafa, I say.
Howard
So let me get this right... United played really badly today and Real Madrid are a very poor team. wtf- give us some freakin credit. The Reds score eight against the two 'biggest' clubs in the world within 5 days conceding a single penalty. Sack Rafa, I say.
Howard
torres cost 20 million pounds infact.
EZLFC
torres cost 20 million pounds infact.
EZLFC
It's great to be HATED..it shows that we are still No1
skylab
It's great to be HATED..it shows that we are still No1
skylab
Ha, see all the Mancs leaving in droves with 20 minutes to go. Where's your 'Istanbul' spirit? Ok when your winning isn't it dickheads? Fckin lightweights. No SAF postmatch interview, I see. Surprising really cause Shreeves normally has his tongue right up Fergie's arse, but he's not even talking to Sky now. Couldn't even blame the ref this time or lack of injury time, so he sends his gimp Phelan to face the press. Just retire you bullying, classless****. THAT's why your hated, skylab. Don't kid yourself. Aaaah, think I'll pour me a beer and catch the highlights again on MOTD. Enjoy.
Howard
Ha, see all the Mancs leaving in droves with 20 minutes to go. Where's your 'Istanbul' spirit? Ok when your winning isn't it dickheads? Fckin lightweights. No SAF postmatch interview, I see. Surprising really cause Shreeves normally has his tongue right up Fergie's arse, but he's not even talking to Sky now. Couldn't even blame the ref this time or lack of injury time, so he sends his gimp Phelan to face the press. Just retire you bullying, classless****. THAT's why your hated, skylab. Don't kid yourself. Aaaah, think I'll pour me a beer and catch the highlights again on MOTD. Enjoy.
Howard
Can't stop laughing, 1-0 up and lose 4-1
Tiny T
Can't stop laughing, 1-0 up and lose 4-1
Tiny T
Oh dear how sad .........never mind ...lol
Doody
Oh dear how sad .........never mind ...lol
Doody
Champions get beat now and then,we were embarrassed fair play.But lets see how many of you mouthy ****'s are back on here in may when they hand the trophy's out.
SweetLeftFoot
Champions get beat now and then,we were embarrassed fair play.But lets see how many of you mouthy ****'s are back on here in may when they hand the trophy's out.
SweetLeftFoot
you can brag all you want about the 'not yet won' trophy but Liverpool murdered you today and what a tough one it must be for you manure fans to swallow.
chopstah
you can brag all you want about the 'not yet won' trophy but Liverpool murdered you today and what a tough one it must be for you manure fans to swallow.
chopstah
Im a Villa fan. 1st ManUtd got beat 1v4 at home to Liverpool LOL thats a team i HATE =] I still think ManUtd are the best team in the world FACT . The Results say it all., ManUtd won the League 2 games into the season lol So Liverpool fans dont get 2 big headed.. But I think Villa will lose to both teams 2v1. i Hope =]
Blitz
Im a Villa fan. 1st ManUtd got beat 1v4 at home to Liverpool LOL thats a team i HATE =] I still think ManUtd are the best team in the world FACT . The Results say it all., ManUtd won the League 2 games into the season lol So Liverpool fans dont get 2 big headed.. But I think Villa will lose to both teams 2v1. i Hope =]
Blitz
it is a tough defeat to accept....as a matter of fact most of us will chose to forget it ever happened...provided ofcourse we regain our title....then it won't hurt so bad....but it would still hurt.... I personally think the inclusion of anderson was a poor one....and I can't understand what happened to vidic or evra today but we will support them again and i'm sure they will make amends in the coming weeks....we move on, and we will continue chanting Glory Glory man utd
ibrahiy
it is a tough defeat to accept....as a matter of fact most of us will chose to forget it ever happened...provided ofcourse we regain our title....then it won't hurt so bad....but it would still hurt.... I personally think the inclusion of anderson was a poor one....and I can't understand what happened to vidic or evra today but we will support them again and i'm sure they will make amends in the coming weeks....we move on, and we will continue chanting Glory Glory man utd
ibrahiy
quite the off day at the office.
Paulinho
quite the off day at the office.
Paulinho
No glory chasing today then?
yorkshirepride1
No glory chasing today then?
yorkshirepride1
Perhaps Taggart will blame this one on the colour of the ball, he's tried all the other excuses, except giving the other side the credit they deserve.
Buzz Lightyear
Perhaps Taggart will blame this one on the colour of the ball, he's tried all the other excuses, except giving the other side the credit they deserve.
Buzz Lightyear
Ahem... Hahahahaaaaa hey Forever Utd... U said Madrid were crap when we thumped them by four... By your own admission... Are u crap now as well? Say what u want, u guys were owned!!!
Smilezzz
Ahem... Hahahahaaaaa hey Forever Utd... U said Madrid were crap when we thumped them by four... By your own admission... Are u crap now as well? Say what u want, u guys were owned!!!
Smilezzz
Manure as got the worst kind of supporters.When we,Arse or Poo lose we dont disappear from our boards like cowards and always answer.ForeverUnited did not answer 1 time in 2 days... Empty sits at OT sums it up.
German Blues Brother
Manure as got the worst kind of supporters.When we,Arse or Poo lose we dont disappear from our boards like cowards and always answer.ForeverUnited did not answer 1 time in 2 days... Empty sits at OT sums it up.
German Blues Brother
When you exclude the horrific errors we made, we were not that bad in terms of our forward play. But when you look at the play of carrick, anderson, vidic and evra we deserved to lose. With a scoreline of 4-1 liverpool and their fans are entitled to say whatever they want about how good they are and us united fans will have to except it. They never reached the heights of their performance against madrid, but they will have enjoyed this much more. Uniteds players will no doubt be hurt by what has and will be said about them in the next few days, lets hope this is the catalyst that will push us on to better things!
tuscan3000
When you exclude the horrific errors we made, we were not that bad in terms of our forward play. But when you look at the play of carrick, anderson, vidic and evra we deserved to lose. With a scoreline of 4-1 liverpool and their fans are entitled to say whatever they want about how good they are and us united fans will have to except it. They never reached the heights of their performance against madrid, but they will have enjoyed this much more. Uniteds players will no doubt be hurt by what has and will be said about them in the next few days, lets hope this is the catalyst that will push us on to better things!
tuscan3000
Sorry, I did not mean all the Manu supporters but the ones like Merlin from VC, JohnDoe from VL and Lougunner from VA.They dont hide like ForeverUnited when they are defeated an in other cases post in our threads. He is a joke. Also, you have got many plastic fans, the decent fans ares till there , 60% maybe.
German Blues Brother
Sorry, I did not mean all the Manu supporters but the ones like Merlin from VC, JohnDoe from VL and Lougunner from VA.They dont hide like ForeverUnited when they are defeated an in other cases post in our threads. He is a joke. Also, you have got many plastic fans, the decent fans ares till there , 60% maybe.
German Blues Brother
we are real supporters...we supported united thru the tough times in the support and the good times.....but sometimes its hard to defend the actions of the players...and yesterday performance left alot to be desired (a huge understatement)....we might not have much to say, and we are hurt by the result....but that doesn't mean we are ashamed of utd, as we will always support the red devils thru and thru...
ibrahiy
we are real supporters...we supported united thru the tough times in the support and the good times.....but sometimes its hard to defend the actions of the players...and yesterday performance left alot to be desired (a huge understatement)....we might not have much to say, and we are hurt by the result....but that doesn't mean we are ashamed of utd, as we will always support the red devils thru and thru...
ibrahiy
I don't usually like going onto other teams sites unless it's for a very good and neutral reason, but after seeing the utter attention-seeking drivel FU and SLF have flooded our boards with over the last couple of months, I feel fully justified in coming here and doing a Nelson Muntz hah-hah at the pair of you feckless idiots :)
Naoise
I don't usually like going onto other teams sites unless it's for a very good and neutral reason, but after seeing the utter attention-seeking drivel FU and SLF have flooded our boards with over the last couple of months, I feel fully justified in coming here and doing a Nelson Muntz hah-hah at the pair of you feckless idiots :)
Naoise
its all soooo quite shhhhh shhhhh........ FU you said that you would still be coming all our siter shouting your month off so where are you....... oh i get it like most manure fans "YOU ONLY SING WHEN YOUR WINNING" grow some balls mate to the rest that have came back hold your heads hi at least your took if like men and laidies if there are any.....................
muffdaddy1983
its all soooo quite shhhhh shhhhh........ FU you said that you would still be coming all our siter shouting your month off so where are you....... oh i get it like most manure fans "YOU ONLY SING WHEN YOUR WINNING" grow some balls mate to the rest that have came back hold your heads hi at least your took if like men and laidies if there are any.....................
muffdaddy1983
Like Naoise, I rarely, if ever venture away from VL but your members brought this upon you. I haven't got as much joy from this win, well not a win a mauling, as I have many things for so long. FU and SLF have only been fanning the flames that gives you a bad name and now they run and hide. You probably will still win the Premier League but we've spanked you 4-1 at Old Trafford, and completed the double over you, will you remember that :o)
Chubby Alonso
Like Naoise, I rarely, if ever venture away from VL but your members brought this upon you. I haven't got as much joy from this win, well not a win a mauling, as I have many things for so long. FU and SLF have only been fanning the flames that gives you a bad name and now they run and hide. You probably will still win the Premier League but we've spanked you 4-1 at Old Trafford, and completed the double over you, will you remember that :o)
Chubby Alonso
C.Alonso-Agreed... hmmm, when was the last time ManU lost at OT by such a margin... more than ten yrs ago? This would indeed be a battlescar u guys wont forget whenever u look at ur own backyard history...
magical26
C.Alonso-Agreed... hmmm, when was the last time ManU lost at OT by such a margin... more than ten yrs ago? This would indeed be a battlescar u guys wont forget whenever u look at ur own backyard history...
magical26
Since a lot of VL are already here, I might as well say - haha!
Aamir
Since a lot of VL are already here, I might as well say - haha!
Aamir
Madrid ARE *****,, there league is to slow, any prem team would put up a fight inc Hull and WestBrom ! idiots
Blitz
Madrid ARE *****,, there league is to slow, any prem team would put up a fight inc Hull and WestBrom ! idiots
Blitz
Im only 19, Some of you guys are like 40/50, Look haw happy you guys are gettin, im gonna be around to see the next 40 season =] Gutted?
Blitz
Im only 19, Some of you guys are like 40/50, Look haw happy you guys are gettin, im gonna be around to see the next 40 season =] Gutted?
Blitz
Well, matey, I'm even younger than you so I'll be around to see more than you - if all goes to plan! Gutted? ;)
Aamir
Well, matey, I'm even younger than you so I'll be around to see more than you - if all goes to plan! Gutted? ;)
Aamir
Unless you die in an accident
JonLFC
Unless you die in an accident
JonLFC
lol@jonfc
chopstah
lol@jonfc
chopstah
LOL...Life is unpredictable... It jus amazes me how the topic digressed. Blitz - cant blame u for being childish since u r only 19, when u r 40/50, i bet there will be a whole bunch of pool fans that are in their teens still. And btw, 40 seasons, i bet there will be more nice battlescars to add at OT. HAHAH!!
magical26
LOL...Life is unpredictable... It jus amazes me how the topic digressed. Blitz - cant blame u for being childish since u r only 19, when u r 40/50, i bet there will be a whole bunch of pool fans that are in their teens still. And btw, 40 seasons, i bet there will be more nice battlescars to add at OT. HAHAH!!
magical26
Jon, that's why I said if all goes to plan!
Aamir
Jon, that's why I said if all goes to plan!
Aamir
 

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