The two most decorated English clubs in history met at Old Trafford On Sunday, however the pre-match build up would suggest that the home side were far from favourites.
Emotions were evidently running high following some crunching tackles from both sides very early on.
Following lots of Liverpool pressure young full-back Rafael handled the ball in the box and the penalty was given. Steven Gerrard stepped up and the Reds captain slotted it home to give the visitors the lead.
It seemed to take a goal to jump start the home side and they were sparked back into life; however Liverpool continued to dominate the play and managed to keep their lead by the half time whistle.
The second half started with a bang as boyhood Manchester United fan Joe Allen was brought down quite brutally by Phil Jones in the box and Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot once again.
Gerrard calmly finished his second of the day just 90 seconds after the restart. With some rather wild tackling both Jon Flanagan and Rafael were lucky to still be on the pitch. One player who was not so lucky was Nemanja Vidic after he was shown red for bringing down Daniel Sturridge for the third penalty of the day; however the replays that followed showed very little contact from the United captain.
If there were doubts to the penalties legitimacy, justice was served as Gerrard struck the post with this try and failed to round off his hat trick. After taking off Adnan Januzaj; the Red Devils looked defeated and weary in contrast to Luis Suarez’s seemingly endless engine as the ball fell kindly for him to slot the ball past David de Gea for Liverpool’s third of the day and his 25th of the season.
The almost 10,000 strong travelling fans drowned out the rest of Old Trafford for most of the game which was a real indicator of how the times have changed for United and their expectations this season.
Despite more creativity from Liverpool the game ended 3-0 and the captain Steven Gerrard earned the Man of the Match award as well as becoming the top scoring visiting player in Old Trafford’s history.
The hungry and ambitious Liverpool squad have climbed into second once again and are now just four points behind leaders Chelsea also with the advantage of a game in hand over Mourinho’s men who suffered a disappointing defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Manchester United remain in seventh with three points separating them and the blue side of Merseyside. Moyes’ former side have also got a game in hand after their late win against Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
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