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Liverpool should beware Manchester United's success over rivals in Europe

Manchester United have enjoyed a strong recent record against English rivals in Europe.

Manchester United go into Thursday night's Europa League round of 16 against Liverpool with fond memories of their matches against English clubs in European competition.

There hasn't been an all-English tie in either the UEFA Cup or the now-rebranded Europa League since 1973, but United certainly have form for beating their rivals in the Champions League.

Whether it is on home turf at Old Trafford, or at rival grounds such as Stamford Bridge or the Emirates, they have repeatedly triumphed. The challenge for United manager Louis van Gaal and his players is to make sure that run does not end when they make their first-ever trip to Anfield for a European match.

Here is a look at United's five recent games against English opponents, starting with a memorable night in Moscow ...

May 2008 -- Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (United won 6-5 on penalties)

United won the trophy for a third time following shootout glory over Chelsea. The triumph came 50 years on from the Munich air crash, which Sir Alex Ferguson had wanted to mark appropriately. Cristiano Ronaldo's header had given United an early lead before Frank Lampard equalised. Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was sent off during extra-time and Chelsea captain John Terry missed in the shootout, slipping and sending his effort against the post, leaving him in tears. Edwin van der Saar saved Nicolas Anelka's effort to spark red celebration in Moscow.

Current United players who featured: Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.

April 2009 -- Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

A Champions League final place was the prize at stake as United hosted Arsenal in the semifinal, first leg. United were looking to defend their status as Champions League holders and Ferguson built this game up beforehand as a "perfect semifinal." John O'Shea scored from close range to give United the advantage.

Current United players who featured: Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.

May 2009 -- Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United (aggregate 1-4)

The Emirates was left stunned by United, who scored twice in the opening 11 minutes to quickly take a 3-0 aggregate lead. After that, there was no way back for Arsene Wenger's team and United booked a Champions League final date with Barcelona. The early goals came from Park Ji-sung and a 40-yard free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese scored a second after a slick counter attack to make it 3-0 on the night, before Darren Fletcher's red card and Robin van Persie's consolation.

Current United players who featured: Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney.

April 2011 -- Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney had gone into this Champions League quarterfinal first leg under scrutiny. He had been charged by the Football Association for swearing into a camera after scoring for United in a 4-2 win at West Ham the previous Saturday. The England striker responded by scoring the only goal at Stamford Bridge, providing the finishing touch to a fine move in the 24th minute.

Current United players who featured: Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling.

April 2011 -- Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea (aggregate 3-1)

United sealed their place in the Champions League semifinals with another win over Chelsea. They were also on course for the title, which they went on to win, and had already progressed into the FA Cup semifinals at the time of this triumph. Javier Hernandez scored United's opening goal of the night just before half time and Chelsea's task became harder when Ramires was sent off. Drogba scored to give them some hope but within a minute, Park added another goal.

Current United players who featured: Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia.

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