Manchester United defeat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield

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Anfield: Liverpool slumped to yet another defeat as Manchester United registered their 4th victory, the third after being a goal down. 2-1 was the final score at Anfield. Robin van Persie scored the winner courtesy a penalty after Steven Gerrard had put the hosts in front and Rafael’s strike had brought back parity.

Steven Gerrard scored for the hosts in the 46th minute as Glenn Johnson took the ball to the edge of the box, the ball fell in front of Gerrard, the captain fired in a left-foot volley into the net. Manchester United struck back immediately courtesy a brilliant effort from Rafael. Rafael took a stellar strike from inside the box, a curler cutting inside and bending a beautiful left-footed striker in off the far post. Shinji Kagawa with the assist.

But it was in the 76th minute Antonio Valencia broke through the Liverpool defence. Johnson brought the winger down and refree Hasley pointed to the spot. Robin van Persie stepped up in the 81st minute slotting the ball to top right, though Reina had guessed it right, he got a hand to it but the deflection was not enough to take the ball away from the goal.

Eariler, Liverpool had started off brilliantly being the aggressor first up. Luis Suarez had plenty of opportunity to score but the Man U defence somehow managed to block. Sterling and Kelly impressed again first up moving well but they were a man down by the 39th minute when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for a double-footed lunge on Johnny Evans.

Manchester United have now climbed to the second spot in the table.

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