The battle of the hotheaded heroes

Updated: October 15, 2011, 7:57 AM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

Over the decades the names on the backs of the jerseys have changed, but two things have remained the same about the Liverpool/Manchester United derby: (1) Sir Alex Ferguson's nose is always purple, and (2) the game brings out the best and worst from the best.

Big players like to carve their initials into the folkloric trunk of England's greatest rivalries -- and sometimes the opponent's shin. Think of the pantheon of soccer illuminati who have brought the thunder to this ...

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