Manchester United V Liverpool 2–1
Manchester United came from behind to beat Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday to go to the top of the table, while fierce rivals Chelsea suffered a setback against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Despite a nerve wracking ending yesterday, the hosts managed to hold on to their lead and eventually defeated old foes Liverpool by 2–1.
As expected before the match no quarter was given by either side in the North West derby between Manchester United and Liverpool. In the fifth minute of the encounter, Liverpool frontrunner Fernando Torres continued his remarkable scoring record against Manchester United as he made it one goal up for the visiting team with an astonishing header. Five minutes later, the referee awarded Manchester United a penalty as Ecuadorian flankman Antonio Valenica was brought down by Argentina international Javier Mascherano. Wayne Rooney’s spot kick was superbly saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina only for the England forward to score his 33rd goal of the Barclays Premier League campaign from the rebound. As the pendulum swung one way and then the other, The Red Devils eventually went into the lead for the first time during the derby encounter with a breathtaking display when Wayne Rooney found the strong running Darren Fletcher on the right who managed to cross the ball perfectly for South Korean midfield entrepreneur Ji-Sung Park to score the winning goal with a flying text-book header in the fourteenth minute of second period play. The evenly contested 2–1 home success against Rafael Benitez´s Liverpool players moved Manchester United on to 69 points with only seven fixtures remaining of the current English Premier League season. Sir Alex Ferguson: “For periods of the game Manchester United played very well and in other periods we had to dig in and concentrate. It is always difficult to lose a goal and come back and win, it is a great quality which we have and it was that quality which won us the game again today.” Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Antonio Valencia, Luis Nani, Darren Fletcher, Ji-Sung Park, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney.
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