Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 – Gerrard makes Red Devils pay the penalties
Liverpool bang in Premier League title race after beating ten-man United at Old Trafford
March 16th, 2014
Liverpool closed the gap at the top of the Premier League table after claiming a famous victory against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, with the champions now standing barely any chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
It was a highly eventful encounter which saw United finish the game with ten men after Nemanja Vidic was sent off for two yellow cards, with the Serbian conceding the third of three Liverpool penalties and the only one which was missed by Steven Gerrard.
The scoreline doesn’t reflect that it was an evenly-matched tussle, although Rafael was the first penalty culprit after blatantly handling the ball after pressure from Luis Suarez, with Gerrard striking the perfect penalty to put the visitors into the lead.
In truth, Rafael was fortunate to still be on the pitch considering the Brazilian had already seen yellow for a foul on Gerrard, although Liverpool were ahead at the break and it was to get even better for the Merseyside team.
No sooner had the second half started, than Phil Jones went in for a late header and only succeeded in bringing down Joe Allen, with Gerrard on hand to beat David de Gea once again.
Manchester United created few clear scoring chances of note, although Wayne Rooney was denied in the first half by Simon Mignolet and Robin van Persie headed wide in the second half with the scoreline at 2-0.
It appeared Gerrard was going to score a hat-trick of penalties when Daniel Sturridge fell in the penalty area, with Vidic getting his marching orders although contact appeared minimal.
However, the Liverpool captain struck the post with his third spot kick, although it mattered little as the visitors pressed home their advantage to claim an easy win.
Sturridge fed the ball through for Suarez to eventually beat De Gea, with the Spaniard having denied the same player with a wonderful save moments earlier and Liverpool go marching on towards a first Premier League title in over twenty years.