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Steven Gerrard, Liverpool Mocked by Manchester United Plane Banner at Shamrock

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool arrives prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2014

Manchester United confirmed a famous treble on Wednesday night.

The club's supporters, not content with mocking David Moyes and Liverpool's title woes with their previous efforts, once again focused on their rivals' inability to capture the Premier League crown during the Merseysiders' post-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers.

We've seen "Moyes Out" and "United 20 - Gerrard 0!" in recent weeks. Just three days on from the latter, another dig at Liverpool's late-season crumble bared wings and swooned over Dublin's Aviva Stadium. Bleacher Report UK posted a snap via TSBible:

The plane acted as a sideshow to an entertaining performance from Brendan Rodgers' fringe side. None of Liverpool's World Cup attendees competed, while Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel watched on, reported by John Drayton of the Daily Mail.

Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva were most involved with the first team out of those who played, while Iago Aspas, Brad Jones and Fabio Borini all received the chance to impress.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on prior to the the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Aspas failed to net a Premier League goal during his debut season, but he opened Liverpool's scoring with a smart finish on eight minutes. Borini, who returned to the club after playing a saviour's role while on loan at Sunderland, added a second shortly after the break. Martin Kelly made it three before youngster Jack Dunn completed the 4-0 scoreline.

The goals can be seen below, via Big Sport World Network:

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo was pleased to see the 19-year-old receive an opportunity to shine, while Dunn himself rounded off an excellent year with the strike:

United's plane perhaps acted as something of comfort for fans who have had little to cheer this season. Many supporters urged local rivals Manchester City to capture the title over their Anfield counterparts, such is the rivalry between the two clubs, and indeed, cities.

Liverpool's loss to Chelsea proved to be the pivotal match, with Steven Gerrard's unfortunate slip against Jose Mourinho's Blues destined to be an undying image. After a season of despair at Old Trafford, such occurrences have been latched onto and paraded with the rigorousness of a title win.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  A dejected Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks on as the Chelsea fans celebrate after Willian of Chelsea scored their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 27,
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United supporters may soon have their attention turned by the announcement of a new boss, as Louis van Gaal's appointment is expected imminently, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian.

After the travesty that was David Moyes' reign, supporters will hope the Dutchman's presence can send the Red Devils soaring in an altogether different manner.


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