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United now has breathing space to steady the ship

If anyone was looking for any positives to come out of Manchester United’s visit to Anfield they will be disappointed. There were none! A 1-3 defeat never is especially when it’s inflicted by their biggest rivals and follows the loss to Chelsea just a few days earlier. Nani’s first half injury together with woeful defending completed a miserable afternoon for Sir Alex Ferguson who must now use every bit of experience to get his side to regroup. The only thing that can be said is that the horrid run of four successive away matches in eleven days has finally come to an end.

United now has the relative luxury of six clear days before facing three matches at Old Trafford starting with the sixth round FA Cup tie against Arsenal next weekend. It may also be worth noting that both defeats this week occurred at exactly the same stage of the season as the last time United lost back to back matches two seasons ago. This was without doubt a major setback but a three point advantage over second placed Arsenal, who has a game in hand, still remains. It can be said that United are still in control of their own destiny but just as he did in 2008-09, Ferguson must steady the ship – and fast

Liverpool 3 v Manchester United  1

The Telegraph – English football’s fiercest battle won, the march of their oldest enemies to the grandest of prizes staunched. The visit, the defeat of Manchester United proved the most auspicious of days for Liverpool. The sort of day to salute a legend, and the sort of day to anoint a new hero. It was not, though, as it was supposed to be, Andy Carroll, the club record signing who made his debut for the last 17 minutes.

It was not that grizzled old dog of war Dirk Kuyt, scorer of a hat-trick of tap-ins. This was Kenny Dalglish’s birthday party. And it was Luis Suarez’s coming of age. The Uruguayan may not have scored – though George Sefton, the voice of Anfield, rather kindly awarded him the first – but he chose this stage to give the kind of display that forges reputations. The sort of display that makes wearing Dalglish’s old shirt that little bit easier. Full Report

Liverpoolfc.com – Dirk Kuyt netted a superb hat-trick as a rampant Liverpool defeated Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Dutch forward became the first Reds player to complete a treble in the fixture since Peter Beardsley back in 1990 as Kenny Dalglish’s men put their old rivals to the sword.

The hosts dominated throughout a fiery clash in L4 and they took the lead on 35 minutes when Kuyt touched home from close range after some sublime approach play by Luis Suarez. The No.18 was revelling in his role alongside the Uruguayan and doubled his tally just moments later when he took advantage of a Nani error to thump a header beyond Edwin Van der Sar. Full Report

Manchester Evening News – Liverpool gained the bragging rights over rivals Manchester United with a 3-1 victory at Anfield courtesy of Dirk Kuyt hat-trick. Javier Hernandez scored a consolation goal in injury time for United, who have now suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats. United’s misery was compounded by an injury to winger Nani, who was taken off after a crude challenge form Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool’s deserved victory may not ultimately prevent their arch-rivals surpassing the Reds’ 18 league titles at the end of the season. It has, however, dented Sir Alex Ferguson’s side’s hopes of a straightforward run-in and at the same time restored some pride for the Reds after two defeats at Old Trafford already this campaign. Full Report

Liverpool Reina, Skirtel, Carragher, Aurelio (Kyrgiakos 24), Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Rodriguez, Meireles (Carroll 74), Kuyt, Suarez (Cole 88) GOALS – Kuyt (34, 39, 65)

Manchester United – van der Sar, Rafael (O’Shea 76), Smalling, Brown, Evra, Scholes (Fletcher 84), Carrick, Giggs, Nani (Hernandez 43), Rooney, Berbatov GOAL – Hernandez 91m)

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  1. Jack says:

    we gifted them 3 goals today and played awful for 90 minutes, i still cant work out what berba and nani were thinking.

    lets hope fergie can work his magic cos at the moment its hard to see us getting back on track.

  2. ShardeYNWALFC4EVER says:

    Jack, there is no such a thing. You were outplayed by a better team . Goals were created by dribbling skills/pressure on players, hence panic setting in as well as a very good free kick which was followed up.
    Fair enough, you had a couple of injuries, but all teams have them- we had Agger missing & Aurelio getting injured.
    Cracks started to show after your defeat at Chelsea, and they are getting wider.
    The title race will be settled at Arsenal, when they beat you.
    He has lost his magic (did you say?), no it is the thought of his NEMESIS returning that has had HIM login on Confused.com every day since last Tuesday night.

    Enjoy your departure from CL in this or the next round when you play a decent team.

    YNWA

  3. Manu92 says:

    Hope Nani’s injury is not a serious one and h heard that valencia was in the traveling squad to merseyside…he’s getting closer to the return.
    On the match, we were pathetic. I have to agree that the first goal was a superb piece of individual magic from Suarez, but the other 2 goals could have been avoided. Dunno what nani was thinking when he provided that ball to kuyt in his second goal and van der sar could have done much better in that 3rd goal. Our overall performance was a pathetic one. We were poor in every section. We badly missed Vidic and Rio. We missed a great chance to go 6 above arsenal or at least 4…it’s a heavy defeat….I’m not proud of it…difficult to digest..but Liverpool were better.!
    But these things happen in football. We got to pick ourselves up again. Hope we’ll learn from this defeat. VIVA MANCHESTER UNITED IN DAYS OF VICTORY AND IN DAYS OF DEFEAT!!

  4. Arpit Sharma says:

    Sharde….u better worry abt ur europa league…CL is for champions and even d mention of it adds insult to it…..and yea…

    YNWA..you wil never win again….
    Ggmu…

  5. Frank Scicluna says:

    @ShardeYNWALFC4EVER. Fully deserved victory for Liverpool today, no complaints at all but please remember March 2009 – United 1 v Liverpool 4 followed a week later with Fulham 2 v United 0. And what was the outcome at the end of that season? Don’t shoot your mouth off too soon, enjoy today but look at the big picture. United’s problems were well documented before the game and Nani’s injury simply compounded them. Just wait and see if Liverpool can EVEN get into the EUROPA LEAGUE first before coming to your immature conclusions. And please, enough of that YNWA bullshit, are you saying that You’ll Never Wank Alone?

  6. Dave says:

    @Arpit

    You will never win again is not YNWA, it is YWNWA. Nice job.

    Good game today, deserved winners.

    United will still win the league though.

  7. Wisy says:

    Where is manure ref? No ref No trophy. And you short boy evra, you say you are warrior and what happen to you yesterday when suarez just torment you till your jersey tear. God have punish Devil and their followers

  8. petemanc says:

    @ ShardeYNWALFC4EVER

    Check you out spouting Champion’s League jibes when your team can’t even qualify for it!
    Outplayed by a better team on the day yes, but who’s top of the league? Where a are you 6th?! Don’t come on a United blog making out you Bin Dippers are Superior to us when you may not even qualify for the Uefa Cup! It made me laugh when you said “Enjoy your departure from CL in this or the next round when you play a decent team.” As apposed to what? Livepool? Ha ha ha!!! A Liverpool fan undermining his own team, YOU COULDN’T WRITE IT! Even you think your shit! Leave CL affairs to the big boys cos your not famous anymore!

    ID RATHER WALK ALONE

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