Manchester United vs. Liverpool: Scores, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
Manchester United got on the board early with an easy-looking goal by Robin van Persie in the 19th minute. The elite scorer took a great cross pass from Patrice Evra and knocked it into the net to give his team a 1-0 lead.
The Red Devils continued to put the pressure on and had a number of other opportunities to score in the first half but were unable to build on the lead.
That continued until Evra headed in another goal that hit off Nemanja Vidic before going in the net.
Liverpool was able to cut the lead in half with a Daniel Sturridge goal in the 57th minute. However, the squad was never able to get the equalizer.
This broke a run of three straight victories for the Reds.
Manchester United has been on an incredible run lately. The club has not lost in any contest since Dec. 5 in a Champions League game against CFR Cluj-Napoca. In the Premier League, it has not been defeated since a Nov. 17 loss to Norwich City.
The victory helps the club stay comfortably on top of the EPL table. Manchester City is still to play on Sunday, but no matter what the team does it will not be able to catch the cross-town rival.
Liverpool, however, is still in need of some help. The club has managed to earn a number of draws, but has struggled to come away with three points when it needs it.
After today's loss, the team is now still in the eighth position in the league.
With the season moving by quickly, both clubs will need to make sure they keep up their strong play in order to finish high in the standings.
Patrice Evra, Manchester United: A
He did not officially get a goal, but Patrice Evra was the reason that his side was able to get two scores on Sunday.
The defender was extremely effective in the offensive end as both a passer and a threat to score. His second assist was more of a shot that happened to go off his own teammate.
As long as his club gets the goal, he likely does not care.
Evra was also part of the defense that gave Liverpool few opportunities to score and made very little mistakes. He was the most valuable player on the pitch throughout the game and was a major reason for the win.
Robin van Persie, Manchester United: B
Robin van Persie did what he is expected to do: score a goal. He got his team the early lead with a nice touch on a pass from Evra.
Aside from that, however, he had very little impact on the game.
The forward had a few attempts at the goal that were missed and he did not force the action much in the second half at all.
He is still one of the top players in the sport, but expectations are now raised, and one goal is not always going to be enough.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool: C
Despite being the leading scorer for Liverpool coming into the match, Luis Suarez was mostly invisible against Manchester United.
The forward had very few touches and even fewer shot attempts on a day where his team really needed his offense.
He had been very impressive lately with five goals in his last three matches, but he was kept in check by the Manchester United back line.
This type of off day is simply not going to work on a team without many scorers.
Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool: A
In just a couple of appearances with Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge already looks like a great addition to the team.
He scored a goal in his first match in the F.A. Cup, and now he has a goal in his Premier League debut for his new squad.
More importantly, the entire club showed a new life when he was on the pitch in the second half compared to the dull performance early on. The forward put pressure on the defense and gave the opponent something to think about.
Sturridge put together a great performance on the day and should be a big part of Liverpool for the remainder of the season.
Manchester United has a busy week ahead that starts with a continuation of the F.A. Cup against West Ham United on Wednesday. The club then faces Tottenham Hotspur in what should be one of the toughest road matches of the year.
Liverpool returns home for a match against Norwich City.
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