Diego Maradona was among those keen to offer his well wishes to Liverpool, and Luis Suarez in particular, following the trouncing of Manchester United, but the Argentine legend was denied a meeting at Old Trafford by Red Devils staff.
Maradona had been watching the encounter, which Liverpool won 3-0 thanks to two penalties from Steven Gerrard and a late strike from Suarez, and had hoped to go into the visiting dressing room in order to pass on his congratulations to his fellow South American.
There was to be no meeting, however, with the Daily Express reporting that Maradona was not afforded access to the Liverpool changing room as the only access would have been through the tunnel, which was blocked by various pieces of broadcasting equipment.
"There were simply too many people in the tunnel to allow access," a Manchester United spokesperson said. "The only way he would have been able to see anyone would have been to wait by the coach."
Liverpool's win over Manchester United reinforced their credentials as genuine contenders for the Premier League title, with the Anfield club only four points behind leaders Chelsea, while retaining a game in hand over the west Londoners.
Manchester United, meanwhile, continue to endure a torrid time under David Moyes, and their season could take yet another turn should they fail to overturn a two-goal deficit against Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday.
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