United vs. Liverpool | Cult Kits Classic Shirt Giveaway
To celebrate this weekend’s United-Liverpool clash, COPA90 have teamed up with Cult Kits to give away one classic shirt from either club. Josh from Cult Kits explains more about the history behind the strips below.
There's a special strain of bile reserved for any fixture involving United and Liverpool.
England's most decorated clubs sit 30 miles apart but share a mutual hatred, forged over decades of industrial, cultural and sporting rivalry.
Not since Phil Chisnall moved from Old Trafford to Anfield in 1964 has a single player transferred between the two clubs. For context, there have been nine transfers between Barcelona and Real Madrid since then.
As these two old foes prepare to do battle again, we've picked out two shirts, worn in two classic encounters, to whet the appetite.
It was different, wasn't it? The Adidas design featured bottle green and white quarters, complete with a grandad collar – and while it will always be remembered as the shirt that Liverpool wore in their defeat to United in the 1996 FA Cup final, it was also the strip Roy Evans's team donned in an epic 2-2 draw at Old Trafford earlier that season.
You remember the game. Eric Cantona's return after a seven-month suspension for two-footing a Palace fan was overshadowed by the brilliance of Robert Bernard Fowler, the Toxteth upstart who couldn't help but score goals for his beloved Reds.
His first defied physics – and the ailing arms of Peter Schmeichel – as the ball thundered past United's Great Dane to draw Liverpool level, and his second, well, his second was pure Fowler majesty. Nudging Gary Neville out of the way, the man the Kop called God cut inside before delivering a heavenly chip that arced over Schmeichel and into an empty net. At the Stretford End, no less.
Cantona would have the last word with a late penalty equaliser but the game will forever be remembered for Fowler's brilliance – and the shirt he wore that October afternoon.
Manchester United and Umbro were one of the iconic relationships of the 1990s – a sort of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore power couple who brought out the very best in one another.
That was certainly so in '96/97, when United were treated to a trio of gorgeous strips, worn as they scooped their fourth Premier League title in five years.
Their sweetest victory came at Liverpool where Sir Alex's team, resplendent in all white, cruised to a 3-1 victory over their arch enemies.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (whatever happened to him?) was the team's breakout star that season, helping himself to 19 goals, but the hero that Anfield afternoon was a certain G. Pallister, who bagged a brace (both headers, obviously), with the game's third coming from Andy Cole after an especially spectacular howler from David James.
Let’s hope Sunday’s edition of this bitter rivalry lives up to past encounters…
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