A fiery contest as always but this time around Manchester United could not come out on top against a strong Liverpool side.
In the last five fixtures between these greats of the English game, Manchester United have won twice, Liverpool have won twice and there has been one draw. United would have been favourites for this clash due to their two comfortable wins last season in this fixture but this time the tables were turned and Liverpool managed to pull a win out of the bag.
Liverpool opened the scoring inside the first five minutes from a corner; Daniel Agger rose above Rio Ferdinand to flick the ball onto Daniel Sturridge who nodded the ball past a helpless David de Gea to open the scoring and put away his third goal of the Premier League season in as many games.
Daniel Sturridge's goal again proved to be a winner like in their first two fixtures of the season, and it seems as if Liverpool aren't missing Luis Suarez due to Sturridge's stunning form so far for Liverpool with 13 goals in 17 appearances since joining in January of this year from Chelsea.
Liverpool were much the better side throughout the game, defending extremely well and they didn't give Robin van Persie a sniff of a chance. Liverpool's front four were instrumental again and they created many chances throughout the game whereas United's attacking line were struggling to even string three passes together and only managed to create one good goal scoring opportunity throughout the 90 minutes.
Liverpool managed to create 11 attempts with five on target and the majority were strong chances and if they had been more clinical the scoreline could have been more than just 1-0. Despite Manchester United not being their usual selves going forward they still managed to create ten attempts with four on target but all were half chances.
The scoreline may have been low but the game was played with real passion and fire and this was shown by both teams committing 15 fouls each - with six yellow cards brandished by Andre Marriner.
Robin van Persie was also arguing with Steven Gerrard over an incident involving himself and Martin Skrtel and this also added extra fire to a well contested match.
All in all I believe the better team won in the end and Manchester United will need to up their game if they are to successfully defend their title this season.
In contrast, Liverpool just need to go on as they have begun this season and they may well be able to sneak into the top four. That would mean Champions League for Liverpool, which is a competition they deserve to compete in once again.
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