Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: 5 Factors That Influenced the Derby Result

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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: 5 Factors That Influenced the Derby Result
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Liverpool slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford to Manchester United in a game that saw Daniel Sturridge score on his debut.

Robin van Persie yet again proved to be the decisive factor, as the Dutchman scored one and set up another. United ran away with the full haul having controlled the action in the middle of the park for larger parts of the game.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men now move 10 points clear at the top of the table, an unusual position for the Red Devils to be at in the middle of January.

Brendan Rodgers’ side remain at eighth, two points behind West Bromwich Albion, with 16 games remaining until the end of season.

Surprisingly remaining neutral through the game was referee Howard Webb, and the Yorkshire man controlled the game fairly well.

Now, let’s look at the situations that factored in the result.

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