United finally beats Liverpool

22 Mar

Apparently, the fourth time was the charm for Manchester United. The Red Devils defeated Liverpool, 2-1, in Premier League play for the first time since the 2007-08 season. It is also the first time in the teams’ last four meetings that United defender Nemanja Vidic hasn’t been sent off (although he did pick up a yellow card).

Liverpool took an early lead on a Fernando Torres header, but United tied the game on a Wayne Rooney penalty rebound later in the half. Of course, the penalty call was somewhat controversial as it’s hard to tell whether Javier Mascherano’s foul on Antonio Valencia was inside the box or just outside. (Personally, I think it was outside, but I’m slightly biased.) Pepe Reina made a nice save on the initial shot, but the rebound fell right to Rooney, who doesn’t miss many like that. Ji-sung Park scored the game-winner for United early in the second half.

It was a big loss for Liverpool as they desperately need wins to stay in the hunt for the final Champions League spot. Currently, they are four points adrift of Tottenham, who sits fourth, and fifth place Manchester City. The Reds have played 31 games, while Tottenham is at 30 and Manchester City is at 29. It will be a tall order for Liverpool to climb back up in the table with only seven league contests remaining.

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