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    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    MAN UNITED YAKATA NGEBE ZA LIVERPOOL, VAN PERSIE AENDELEA KULIPA


    Robin van Persie's late penalty secured Manchester United's first Anfield win since December 2007 against 10-man Liverpool on an emotional afternoon on Merseyside.
    The hosts played 51 minutes with 10 men after Jonjo Shelvey's sending-off but still managed to take the lead through Steven Gerrard's volley seconds after the interval. 
    Spot on: Van Persie converts a late penalty to give United the victory over their fierce rivals
    Spot on: Van Persie converts a late penalty to give United the victory over their fierce rivals
    Dutch of class: The £24million summer signing wheels away in celebration after his late spot-kick
    Dutch of class: The £24million summer signing wheels away in celebration after his late spot-kick

    Match facts

    Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger (Carragher 80), Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Shelvey, Borini (Fernandez Saez.46), Suarez, Sterling (Henderson 66). 
    Subs not used: Jones, Jose Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi 
    Goal: Gerrard 46
    Booked: Reina
    Sent off: Shelvey
    Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa (Hernandez 81), Nani (Scholes 46), van Persie. 
    Subs not used: De Gea, Anderson, Welbeck, Cleverley, Buttner.
    Goals: Rafael 51, Van Persie 81 (pen)
    Booked: Scholes, Van Persie
    Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
    However, Rafael equalised soon after and Van Persie, one of three United players to miss from the spot this term, scored his fourth goal in as many games against the Reds - although three of those had come for former side Arsenal - nine minutes from time. 
    In the end it was something of a relief the talking points were all generated on the pitch as Liverpool marked their first home match since the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report which exonerated fans in relation to the 1989 disaster. 
    Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra shook hands in a show of unity before the game - the Liverpool forward had refused to shake the United defender's hand in the league meeting between the sides at Old Trafford in February, having previously been found guilty of racially abusing Evra in the corresponding fixture at Anfield last season.
    Thankfully there were none of the distasteful chants which have marred this fixture for years, although that did not mean there was not an edge to the game. 
    Evra was overlooked for the captaincy - some say diplomatically - in the absence of Nemanja Vidic so it was Ryan Giggs who released 96 red balloons with Gerrard prior to kick-off. 
    Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans
    Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans
    Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey
    Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey
    The result left Liverpool rooted in the bottom three as their worst start to a campaign for a century continues whereas United maintained their usual progress moving up to second.
    It was harsh on Brendan Rodgers' side, who continued to take the game to their rivals despite being short on numbers as they desperately looked for their first league victory of the campaign. 
    Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey
    Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey
    You said what? Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey
    You said what? Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey
    United may have left Anfield wondering how they managed to win having hardly threatened in attack and failed to dominate midfield until the final quarter but those concerns will have been of little consequence.
    For the first minute of the match three sides of Anfield held up The Truth, Justice and 96 mosaics as representatives of the Hillsborough victims' families watched on from the directors' box. 
    Opener: Steven Gerrard fired home after being left unmarked in the box
    Opener: Steven Gerrard fired home after being left unmarked in the box
    Also present, for the first time since being sacked in May, was former manager Kenny Dalglish - intrinsically linked with the tragedy having played a major role in the aftermath during his first spell in charge. 
    What he saw in the first half would have been very familiar as for most of last season his sides dominated at home without scoring. Once Giggs had flashed an early shot wide the momentum was all with the hosts as a Suarez cross-shot was stopped by Anders Lindegaard and headed away by Jonny Evans under pressure from Fabio Borini.
    Kop that: Gerrard kissed the badge as he wheeled away to celebrate his goal
    Kop that: Gerrard kissed the badge as he wheeled away to celebrate his goal
    That's for you: Gerrard pointed to the heavens on the day they remembered the Hillsborough victims
    That's for you: Gerrard pointed to the heavens on the day they remembered the Hillsborough victims
    Gerrard drove a low effort from Shelvey's corner into the side-netting and Suarez looped a right-footed shot wide before a match which, possibly because of the all the pre-match commemorations, had lacked the usual hallmarks of a north-west derby ignited. Shelvey robbed Giggs in midfield but as the ball broke free he launched himself at Evans and the inevitable outcome was a red card. 
    The 20-year-old midfielder, who scored twice in Thursday's Europa League victory at Young Boys, departed down the tunnel having exchanged heated words with Sir Alex Ferguson.
    Jumping for joy: Liverpool fans savour Gerrard's goal after the first-half interval
    Jumping for joy: Liverpool fans savour Gerrard's goal after the first-half interval
    Even with a numerical disadvantage Liverpool continued to pressurise United and Suarez drew Lindegaard into a low saw from his free-kick. 
    The visitors would have been pleased to reach the interval with their goal intact but it took just 50 seconds after the restart for that to change. 
    Stunning: Manchester United's Rafael guides the ball past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina
    Stunning: Manchester United's Rafael guides the ball past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina
    Leveller: Rafael celebrates his goal with team-mate Robin van Persie
    Leveller: Rafael celebrates his goal with team-mate Robin van Persie
    Good lad: Rafael shows his pleasure at equalising for the visitors
    Good lad: Rafael shows his pleasure at equalising for the visitors
    Second-half substitute Suso, making his Premier League debut three days after his first-team bow in Switzerland, saw his cross half-cleared to Glen Johnson. 
    A tackle from Paul Scholes, on for Nani at half-time, succeeded only in diverting the ball towards Gerrard who volleyed home left-footed in front of the Kop. The Reds captain, whose 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the youngest victim of the Hillsborough disaster, whirled away pointing both arms to the sky in celebration and remembrance.
    Flying away: Van Persie celebrates as Gerrard looks dejected at the final whistle
    Flying away: Van Persie celebrates as Gerrard looks dejected at the final whistle
    Flying away: Van Persie celebrates as Gerrard looks dejected at the final whistle
    It was short-lived, however, as within five minutes United were level when Shinji Kagawa laid the ball off for Rafael to brilliantly curl left-footed over Jose Reina and in off the far post. Rodgers' determination not to just shut up shop and settle for a draw was reflected in the approach of his team who made light of the fact they were a man down with Suso having a shot tipped over by Lindegaard and Suarez continuing to trouble the visitors' defence. 
    But as the match entered the final 20 minutes United began to take more control, although their winner came from their opponents giving away possession on the halfway line. 
    Daniel Agger and Johnson collided to allow Antonio Valencia to race 50 yards into the area and although Johnson got back he could only bring down the Ecuador international. Van Persie drilled home - although Reina went the right way and almost made the stop.


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