MUFC-- This matchup happens only twice a year in the English Premier League and both teams always have them circled with such a long history between the two. Since the EPL was established it has been Manchester United who have gone on to dominate the headlines and eventually catch and pass their rivals Liverpool in having the most league championships in English history.
Last year the Red Devils had a season they would rather forget and a change in tide almost seemed to be destined, especially with Liverpool winning both matches. This year however it looks like the tide has corrected itself and Manchester won both the matches, only this last one was one that had more significance.
Steven Gerrard has spent his life at Liverpool, becoming a legendary skipper in the eyes of many of their fans. The Premier League trophy has eluded him his entire career, most due to Manchester United constantly obtaining it since the 90’s when the “class of 92” started a run many would find in folklore only.
Last year was probably the best chance for Steven Gerrard to win the trophy for a first time, but it was his own undoing that say him literally slip before a pass made it to him and away went their chances as Chelsea buried the gimme goal and sealed Liverpools fate.
This match against Manchester United had similar actions by the longtime skipper, and knowing this is the last game he will don the jersey and play against Manchester United, it took less than 60 seconds to see it go to waste.
Opening up the second half Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers substituted an injured Lalana for Steven Gerrard. Less than 60 seconds later he was sent off with a red card for stomping on Ander Herrera. That essentially ended any chance the home team had in pulling off the win, but at least Gerrard took full responsibility for it in a post match interview.
Juan Mata for Manchester United was playing on another level today as he scored both goals in fine fashion to take the full 3 points. His first goal was a beautifully orchestrated pass from Herrera in which Mata placed it in the far bottom post for the opening goal. The second goal was one that will be in a short list for best goal of the year. Di Maria chipped the defence with a floating ball in which Mata took out of the air with an acrobatic scissor kick to bring the game score to 2-0.
Liverpool pulled one goal back even being down a man, but Manchester was solid for the first time as Chris Smalling and Daily Blind shut down any attacks coming their way. The Red Devils are a full 5 points ahead of 5th place, these 3 points were crucial as the team still has to play Arsenal, Manchester City & league leading Chelsea.