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Utility player Clayton Blackmore opened the scoring for United in the first half, but a John Barnespenalty kick drew Liverpool level shortly after the break. The match finished at 1–1 and the two sides shared the trophy for six months each.
New signing Denis Irwin made his Manchester United debut in the game, beginning a 12-year spell at the club which would see him collect numerous major honours.
Absent from the game was Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, who would be out of action until December that year due to injury, his place in the team being taken by Blackmore.1