Last season Liverpool won 3-0 at Manchester United. In 2009 we managed a 4-1 victory and a three goal winning margin is the best we´ve ever achieved at Old Trafford. Once we found the net five times and won 5-2. Let´s go back to that happy event 78 years ago.
Tomorrow The Reds visit a not so happy hunting ground. In the last ten seasons we have lost eight times and been victorious only twice, in the above mentioned games.
Through the years Liverpool has often struggled away to Man United but from time to time the Reds have put the Red Devils in their place. As we did on the 21st of November 1936. Liverpool won 5-2 and that is the highest amount of goals we ever scored away to our long-standing rivals.
It was a funny old season, the one 1936/37, with both Liverpool and Manchester United fighting for their top flight existence. Going into the match Liverpool was in 18th place and the opponents in the 22nd and bottom position. Odd enough Man United hadn´t lost at home until Liverpool visited. And the Reds was winless on their travels prior to this high-tension tussle. But streaks were to end and records to be set.
Liverpool was in command already in the first half which ended 3-1. Winger Alf Hanson opened up for the Reds and 19-year old Harry Eastham scored his first Liverpool goal in his fourth appearance. Liverpool´s third came just before half-time and it was number nine Fred Howe netting. He was the deciding factor in this game scoring another two after the break completing his hat-trick. The final goal coming in the dying seconds. Howe was quite prolific during his four seasons in Liverpool. He found the net 36 times in 89 league matches. In 1936/37 he managed 16 goals, only bettered in the previous season when he was on target 17 times.
In the Liverpool line-up figured a guy named Matt Busby. We all know what he did later in his career but this time he helped the Reds to down his club to be.
The win lifted Liverpool to 14th place while Man United was kept rooted to the bottom. Unfortunately Liverpool didn´t get any special kicks out of the victory and the fight for survival continued to the end. The Reds escaped the drop by the skin of their teeth, finishing in 18th position just three points ahead of relegated Manchester United in 21st place. Had we not won at Old Trafford the fates would have been reversed with Liverpool going down and Man Utd not.
This was the first time Liverpool had scored five times away to Man Utd and the record hasn´t been bettered nor even equalled since. Perhaps tomorrow when:
We Go Again.
Sources: lfchistory.net, statto.com, soccerbase.com.