There was something frustratingly predictable about the dull nature of Manchester United's goalless draw with Liverpool last weekend.
So often over-hyped and regularly underwhelming, it almost seems inevitable that annual meetings between the two most successful sides in English football history rarely seem to deliver.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp will be looking for a lot more passion when the two sides meet in the FA Cup this afternoon - and they need only look back a decade for their pre-match inspiration.
It was in March 2011 when the two sides clashed in the FA Youth Cup in front of a boisterous Anfield crowd. The two old rivals paired together in the quarter-final of the famous competition.
What followed was four red cards and five goals as two hugely talented sides did battle in front of a 12,000 strong Anfield crowd with then first-team manager Sir Alex Ferguson amongst those in attendance.
Both clubs were packed with promising talents, a collection of wonder kids lured from academies across Europe, peppered with homegrown stars and childhood supporters ready to fight, and bleed, for the crest on their shirt.
"The thing that sticks with me, obviously, is the penalty with Paul Pogba," Tyrell Belford, the Liverpool keeper that day, told MEN Sport.
"I remember it all kicking off with the players and it getting quite ferocious with Conor Coady and a couple of their players.
"Then obviously, the Ravel Morrison overhead kick to finish the game off. That is what you would associated with a proper derby. It had everything, it showed everything a derby means."
A quartet of red cards were shown during an ill-tempered afternoon on Merseyside as referee David Coote struggled to control the two sides.
Off the pitch there were distasteful scenes too. Police took action against United supporters after they set off a flare, while three fans were arrested and six ejected following disgusting chants about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters.
For better and for worse this was a stereotypical derby encounter, something which had been discussed in both dressing rooms as soon as the quarter-final draw was made.
"With the fixture coming up we'd have a rich run of form really," Belford, who now runs his own goalkeeping academy, continued.
"We'd beaten Southend 9-0 in the previous round, Raheem (Sterling) scored five that day. We were confident going into the fixture that we'd get the win. Before the game all the lads were pumped up and keen to put a performance on for the crowd.
"There was certainly a special feeling."
The pre-match build-up had worked.
Buoyed on by a vocal home crowd Liverpool were all over their fierce rivals.
Two goals from star striker Adam Morgan either side of half-time fired the hosts into a comfortable lead, the second celebrated in front of a healthy away following who were goaded by a five-fingered gesture. Teenage forward Morgan's attempts to spice up the derby by celebrating his boyhood club's superior European Cup record.
United needed a lifeline, and they got one as Ryan Tunnicliffe was hauled down when through on the Liverpool goal with only the young Belford to beat. Defender Stephen Sama was shown a straight red, Liverpool were down to ten men and Pogba had the chance to draw his side back into the game.
Manchester United beat Fulham 2-1 thanks to goals from Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba.
Pogba once again turned in a high-class performance as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side reclaimed top spot in the Premier League. Now United turn their attention to another clash with rivals Liverpool, this time in the FA Cup fourth round.
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Eager not only to score, but to do so in style, the French youngster stuttered and feinted to shoot, before coming to a complete stand still and calmly passing the ball the opposite direction of Belford.
Sheer arrogance? Sheer confidence? For referee Coote it was the final straw. He brandished a second yellow card and Pogba was off. United's man advantage gone in a moment of chaos which not even the Liverpool goalkeeper could understand.
"It is clever, but it isn't allowed," the 26-year-old admitted. "But, I wasn't too sure about the yellow card he got for it, I'm not sure it was needed. I think it was a harsh sending off. It wasn't needed, it should have just been retaken.
"If he could have got away with it, then why not?"
With their main penalty taker now off the pitch up stepped Larnell Cole. This time it was a no-nonsense technique as the young midfielder fired United back into the game with an emphatic penalty in front of the Kop.
United were on the up, soon they'd be level.
Cole burst down the right wing, side-stepping Jon Flanagan before drilling a low cross into the back post which Morrison emphatically fired home.
This time it was his turn to goad the fans, raising his hands towards the packed Kop before grabbing the United crest in a moment of pure ecstasy.
"For me the standout player was Ravel Morrison," the former Liverpool goalkeeper answered without any hesitation.
"What that kid can do with a football was unbelievable. We often spoke about players like Ravel being the main threat. That is crazy when you think about it in hindsight.
"You had Tom Thorpe, Jesse Lingard, Larnell Cole, Paul Pogba. A very strong side out there - but he was the one who stood out."
With the scores level at 2-2 the tie was heading for another half an hour of extra-time as the feisty encounter entered added time.
Then a corner.
Cole drilled it into the near-post before a Liverpool head flicked the loose ball towards the edge of the box where it was met by Morrison.
In a moment of brilliant improvisation he guided a left-footed scissor kick beyond Belford and into the bottom right corner.
This time there was no mocking of the Liverpool fans, but a full celebration with the rest of the United squad in their own half.
With time now at a premium United did what any wise side would do and ran down the clock. Tyler Blackett took the ball to the left corner flag where he clashed with Coady.
The altercation left the Liverpool captain with a bloody nose, the red on his face resembling same colour of the card which was then brandished to both he and Blackett as the two sides were reduced to nine men.
United's reward for their comeback win was a semi-final tie with Chelsea which they won 6-3 on aggregate, before beating Sheffield Untied - and future club captain Harry Maguire - by the same scoreline on aggregate in the final.
For Liverpool it represented a huge missed opportunity, however a decade on Belford is glad he and his teammates got to take part in one of the most gripping editions of the famed North West rivalry.
He added: "I think we'll always look back on that day and feel disappointed. The sending off, but there you go.
"It is a fixture that I was lucky enough to play in and it was a prestigious day for both football clubs. What a game it was for the spectators. That is how a derby should be played."