Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: Van Persie Scores Again as United Beat Reds
Live Premier League Commentary
Robin van Persie (MNU) 18', Patrice Evra (MNU) 53', Daniel Sturridge (LIV) 57'.
Manchester United: de Gea; Rafael, Vidic (Smalling), Ferdinand, Evra; Young (Valencia), Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa (Jones); Welbeck, van Persie.
Liverpool: Reina; Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Lucas (Sturridge), Gerrard, Allen (Henderson); Sterling (Borini), Suarez, Downing.
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Full time result:
Manchester United 2 (van Persie, Evra)
Liverpool 1 (Sturridge)
Man of the Match: Rafael (MNU).
Well what looked to be a stroll for the home side in the first half turned out to be a much more hard-earned three points in the end, but United have taken the win against Liverpool in any case.
Robin van Persie slid his team ahead in the first half with a fine finish after a sweeping move down the left, but United really could have been a couple of goals clear at half time.
After a change apiece at the break Manchester United doubled their lead thanks to a Patrice Evra header which hit Nemanja Vidic on its way into the goal, before Daniel Sturridge marked his Liverpool league debut with his second goal for the club just moments later.
Liverpool pushed hard for the equaliser in the final half hour of the game but David de Gea didn't have enough to do in the end to warrant the Reds nabbing a point.
Manchester United go 10 points clear at the top of the table ahead of the later game between Man City and Arsenal, while Liverpool remain in eighth place.
Full time at Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1
90+3'—United have the ball in Liverpool's half and that will be enough to see out the game. They have a free kick near the right touchline, and it's no surprise to see no defenders going forward this time.
90+1'—Borini thinks he's in for a header after Sturridge's cross, but Suarez gets there first and nods the ball tamely into the arms of de Gea. Ferguson checks his watch on the sidelines and knows United are almost there. A large number of fans have already left the ground in the last six minutes or so.
90'—The first chance of injury time falls to van Persie; a cross from Rafael finds him at the near post and the backflick forces Reina into a good save.
89'—Skrtel bullies van Persie off the ball and drives into midfield before being fouled. The free kick is quickly played to Sturridge who shoots low, but it's into the near side netting.
Four minutes of added time to be played.
88'—Into the last two minutes and there's only one team in the game again—but now it's Liverpool not United.
86'—United defending for their lives. Jones makes a big block on Sturridge as he and Suarez combine in the area again, before United clear. Valencia gets out before Johnson and the full-back brings him down and United feel he should get a second yellow card—ref says no.
85'—BIG CHANCE. Sturridge needs to hit the target, but strikes over the bar from eight yards on his right foot. Suarez made it with a determined, wriggling run into the area through five defenders...but no joy yet for the Reds.
84'—The Reds have put Borini central and Sturridge down the right flank now, with Suarez still in that deeper role. Can the trio combine once more?
83'—We move swiftly toward the final stages of the game. United still lead 2-1 but they have not been an attacking force since they scored their second goal. Liverpool have had much more attacking intent and possession since the break, but they need to create a couple more chances to try and take a point.
81'—Welbeck runs almost the length of the pitch down the left flank with the ball at his feet, but he's tracked admirably all the way by Sturridge covering back. Eventually Welbeck runs out of steam, falls over the ball and gives the ball back to Reina with a goal kick.
80'—Liverpool final sub: Joe Allen off, Jordan Henderson on.
79'—And another United sub: Chris Smalling on for Nemanja Vidic.
Some discussion also over Vidic being credited with that second United goal instead of Evra.
76'—Cleverley's ball into the area feeds van Persie, but Skrtel does well to clear.
United sub: Kagawa off, Phil Jones on.
75'—Glen Johnson's turn to be booked for a late sliding tackle on Evra.
74'—Gerrard swings a free kick over which, not for the first time in the game, clearly comes off a United player and goes behind—only for a goal kick to be signalled.
73'—Card number three comes out and it's for Patrice Evra who trips Downing. The left-back tries to claim it was a dive, though it clearly wasn't.
72'—Liverpool much more assertive now and Ferguson isn't happy with his troops. They fail to clear the ball and Sturridge robs it off a short Ferdinand backpass, he plays it to Borini who immediately loops in a shot—but it drops wide of the post.
70'—Nice once more from the duo. Suarez out on the right touchline looks up and drills a great pass to Sturridge on the left channel; he runs at Ferdinand and tries to shoot low but his effort goes wide.
68'—Suarez and Sturridge combine nicely around the edge of the box but the final control from Suarez just fails to guide the ball in front of himself and it runs out for a goal kick. Borini yet to have a touch but those two have been the brightest sparks for Liverpool in this second half.
A red mist is currently hanging over Old Trafford from a smoke bomb set off in the #LFC section following Sturridge's goal. Poetic.— Richard Buxton (@Richard_Buxton_) January 13, 2013
There's a poacher inside Sturridge.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 13, 2013
7 mins for Sturridge to get debut LFC goal, 11 mins for debut LFC PL goal #LFC— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) January 13, 2013
67'—Glen Johnson gets forward for the first time in this half and after cutting infield shoots toward goal, but his effort flies low and wide of the near post.
65'—Wisdom and Vidic have had some treatment after a clash of heads following the ensuing corner, but both are fine to continue.
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