Dalglish fails to deliver as United KO's Liverpool

New Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish came to Old Trafford, saw, then went home vanquished and out of the FA Cup. The desperately hoped for turn of fortunes for the beleaguered club never materialised as the new ‘messiah’ saw his side defeated with a second minute Ryan Giggs penalty, followed by a red card to captain Steven Gerrard just after the half hour. Manchester United now goes forward to visit Southampton in the fourth round while Liverpool realistically only has the Europa League to play for during the rest of the season.

New Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish came to Old Trafford, saw, then went home vanquished and out of the FA Cup. The desperately hoped for turn of fortunes for the beleaguered club never materialised as the new ‘messiah’ saw his side defeated with a second minute Ryan Giggs penalty, followed by a red card to captain Steven Gerrard just after the half hour. Manchester United now goes forward to visit  Southampton in the fourth round while Liverpool realistically only has the Europa League to play for during the rest of the season.

For Sir Alex Ferguson, it was a matter of ‘Mission Accomplished’ saying that “It is amazing it was only 1-0 but sometimes, when a team is down to 10 men, you get that kind of resilient attitude. We should have put it to bed in the second half and it could have been three or four. But anything can happen at 1-0. The FA Cup is riddled with it. Fortunately, we didn’t do anything stupid today that would have caused us embarrassment.”

Ferguson 1  Dalglish 0

FA Cup 3rd Round

Manchester United  1 v Liverpool  0

The Guardian – Defeat to Manchester United will never be met with a shrug from Liverpool, but they need not be in despair over this result in the FA Cup third round. With Kenny Dalglish in charge after the dismissal of Roy Hodgson, they persevered despite a sending off for the captain Steven Gerrard in the first half. Jonny Evans almost added to the Ryan Giggs penalty, but his header came back off a post on the verge of the interval.

Given the woe this season, it was natural that Dalglish should think of turning back the clock and the lineup was almost entirely composed of players who were on the books before the appointment of Hodgson. The difference, even so, was not dramatic and the opening to the match left them just as beleaguered as they had been of late. The match had barely begun when Daniel Agger made a needless challenge on Dimitar Berbatov near the corner of penalty area and byline. There was a pause before the Bulgarian fell to earth, but an offence had been committed. Full Report

Liverpool Echo – Kenny Dalglish failed to get the dream start he was looking for as Manchester United ensured his second stint as the new Liverpool boss began with an FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford. Dalglish arrived from Dubai last night after accepting the challenge of reviving the Merseysiders’ fortunes, which have plummeted dramatically in recent times, culminating in Roy Hodgson’s dismissal yesterday. And he certainly brought more conviction to his players and Liverpool’s supporters.

It will take rather more to create a winning team though, and while Dalglish can take heart from the way his side battled back following Ryan Giggs’ controversial second-minute penalty and the dismissal of captain Steven Gerrard for a nasty first-half challenge on Michael Carrick, the Scot knows there is so much work to do. Still, his name brings hope, even if time has moved on since February 22, 1991, when Dalglish resigned in the wake of an epic 4-4 draw with Everton. Full Report

Manchester Evening News – Manchester United dumped 10-man Liverpool out of the FA Cup thanks to a controversial early penalty from Ryan Giggs. With just 31 seconds on the clock, referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot after Daniel Agger’s challenge on Dimitar Berbatov in what looked like a generous award. But Giggs was in no mood to take pity on the Reds’ arch rivals, blasting home a clinical spot-kick past Pepe Reina.

Matters got worse for new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish when his skipper Steven Gerrard received a straight red for a two-footed lunge at Michael Carrick after just 32 minutes. United were in control of the game for the most part, and although Liverpool showed spirit after the break, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men progressed to the fourth round where they will face a trip to Southampton. Full Report

Manchester United – Kuszczak, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans (Smalling 84), Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher (Anderson 62), Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez (Owen 75) – GOAL: Giggs (Pen 2m)

Liverpool Reina, Aurelio, Kelly, Agger, Skrtel, Meireles (Shelvey 60), Lucas, Rodriguez (Babel 60), Kuyt, Gerrard, Torres (Ngog 77)

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  • Hahaha…so after weeks of arguments and drama…we emerged victorious over them…to be frank…we weren’t that fluent and brilliant(as we usually are with the ball this time…but we still did it…Giggs was the best player on the pitch….37 yrs old and he still looked like that 20 years old welsh winger who was making all the news in world football in the 90’s…and he still is……
    The best was part was Owen’s inclusion in the second half…he made 3 very good run in the last 15 minutes and was radiating confidence….our defenders had a very good game…didn’t allowed pool to dominate at all…we are in the 4th round….getting past Southampton shouldn’t be a difficult task!!!

  • Well done!!!

    Howard Webb’s stunning strike from 25yds, when he was seemingly unsighted and badly placed, was one to remember. He used the linesman’s run – he who was up with play, perfectly positioned, saw nothing of concern, and less than 10yds from the ball – as a perfect dummy manoeuvre to do the unthinkable and unleash the unstoppable whistling effort.

    Credit to the late tumble from Berba, to whom the MotM award went, for his theatrical if somewhat late tumble that created the opportunity and assist for Webb’s goal.

    The only disappointing part of the game was Utd’s inability to add to Webb’s goal, once again stuttering and at times looked ragged, though they held on well to the follicly challenged one’s early lead.

    Well done to Liverpool too who until they were rightly reduced to 10 men looked the better team and more likely to score. However, Gerrard’s horror challenge ended that stage of the game. Though they fought bravely to challenge for the remainder of the game, bar a freekick well saved, they rarely threatened.

    Good game. Looking forward to seeing who Webb draws in the next round and rather hoping he makes the final again. It’s clear to see he’s keen to be more involved in the game than he was in the summer, looking forward to seeing score a few more this season.

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