Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: 90 minutes wins the game

On the 14th March, 2009 I turned 17. One of the best presents I was given that day was Liverpool beating Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford.

As I settled down to watch the game (whilst attempting to read Shakespeare’s Henry V) I had high hopes for the result in Liverpool’s favour, following their recent run of relatively good form which matched Manchester United’s 4 wins out of 6. Naturally, I had some concerns as to whether or not Liverpool will be up to the mark against their rivals, but on the whole I believed they had a fair chance at gaining at least a point. The often-fiery fixture began on good times, as long-term rivals Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra shook hands before the match.

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In the first half, I was left thoroughly disappointed. Robin van Persie put United ahead after 19 minutes, leaving me anxious about the outcome of the rest of the game. Liverpool to me didn’t look particularly lively, and lacked the intensity needed for such a fixture.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie (centre) scored the opener against Liverpool

With the team apparently settling down into Brendan Rodgers regime, and the manager making some vital changes, I would like to think that things are looking up at the club. Daniel Sturridge is one of these changes, and was brought on to replace the quiet Lucas Leiva at half time. Although I cannot say I fancied spending £12 million on such a young player, I believe the signing is a step in the right direction. Personally, I feel that spending so much on someone who is yet to prove himself as a top footballer is not great. However, the striker has pledged his allegiance to the club, who he claims is ‘the greatest club in the Premier League‘, and after today has scored in both of his two appearances for the club.

This goal by Sturridge put Liverpool back into the game after Nemanja Vidic scored from what was arguably an offside position in the 54th minute, following a free kick given away by Martin Skrtel, who was lucky to get away with a yellow card for his challenge on Robin van Persie. Sturridge, along with fellow substitute Fabio Borini, brought some spark and intensity to the somewhat lacklustre Liverpool team. Although Sturridge had the chance to level the game, he appeared to panic when the ball fell to him after a brave battle by Luis Suarez in the Manchester United box.

Evra and Vidic

Daniel Sturridge

In addition to Sturridge’s chance, Liverpool could have made it 1-1 when full back Andre Wisdom was through on goal minutes before the Vidic goal, only to steer the ball wide. Borini also fired wide, missing the target after 75 minutes. Shinji Kagawa also came close for Manchester United, though Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina pulled off a fine save to prevent his team from going three down.

The final whistle blew, leaving the score at 2-1 to Manchester United. Again, Liverpool’s lack of passion, drive and energy in the first half has left them coming away without a point. Simple defending errors and misplacement of passes also contributed to the team going two goals down. Having said this, hopefully Brendan Rodgers and his team can capitalise on their performance in the last 30 minutes of the game, where they were unlucky not to pull it back, and take the energy into forthcoming fixtures.

As a Liverpool fan, I am understandably disappointed with the result, though I am going to choose to remember only the last 30 minutes, which made for positive viewing.

A tough lesson to learn for the Liverpool lads.



4 thoughts on “Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: 90 minutes wins the game

  1. By and by, Joe Allen is becoming a weak link. he is a very calm and clever player but in spite of the fact that it pains me to say this, Joe Allen is costing us. he was so bright for us when the season started, what has happened? has he relaxed? Henderson look world class compared to Allen who at the stared of the season was one of our best players together with Johnson and Suarez. i am hoping all the best for allen of cause but i do not think we should continue risking losing game when on the bench we have shelvey, henderson and even suso

    • I agree that he was outstanding in his first few games for Liverpool, and that he has gone a little quiet of late. However, I feel that he is still a stronger presence on the field than Henderson or Shelvey, and although he may not be the most creative player, his passing accuracy is incredible. Think back to Xabi Alonso- I believe that since his departure, Liverpool have been lacking a player who can consistently make accurate passes which help create opportunities further upfield. That’s not to say Allen is ‘the new Alonso’, he has a long way to go, though I do believe he is a step in the right direction. For me, it was Sterling who underperformed yesterday. He didn’t get through defenders like we have grown used to seeing him do, and was very quiet throughout the game. Similarly, i feel that Lucas was far from his best in the game. Thanks for commenting with your views 🙂

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