Gerrard sees red as Liverpool slump at Man Utd

A controversial penalty early in the game proved sufficient for Manchester United to progress into the 4th round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
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A controversial penalty early in the game proved sufficient for Manchester United to progress into the 4th round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

If the return of Kenny Dalglish to the helm of Liverpool was meant to signify a change in fortunes for the Merseysiders then there is always the next game.

The Redsl found themselves a goal down after only two minutes when only the briefest of contact between Daniel Agger and Dimitar Berbatov saw the United forward go to ground and convince referee Howard Webb to award a penalty.

The visitor’s were incensed with the decision but Ryan Giggs stepped up to fire past Pepe Reina.

Instead of capitalising on their early breakthrough United failed to make it count and the first half looked on course to be evenly matched.

But Liverpool’s season has been anything but straightforward and just after the half-hour mark Steven Gerrard lunged two-footed at Michael Carrick and was shown red.

United looked to increase their lead after the break but with Liverpool struggling to make any headway the game gradually drifted tamely to its inevitable conclusion.

Jonny Evans headed against the post for the home side and Fabio Aurelio went closest for the visitor’s.

For Liverpool the Europa League now looks their only hope for silverware this season although Dalglish would probably settle for simply a change of luck.

Referee: Howard Webb

Venue: Old Trafford
Attendance: 74,727

Man Utd scorers: Giggs (pen) 2
Liverpool scorers:

MAN UTD
29 Kuszczak
03 Evra
05 Ferdinand
21 Rafael Da Silva
23 Evans (Smalling 84)
11 Giggs
16 Carrick
17 Nani
24 Fletcher (yellow card) (Anderson 62 (yellow card)
09 Berbatov
14 Hernandez (Owen 75)

Substitutes
34 Lindegaard,
12 Smalling,
20 Fabio Da Silva,
08 Anderson,
28 Gibson,
07 Owen,
26 Obertan

LIVERPOOL
25 Reina
05 Agger
06 Aurelio
34 Kelly
37 Skrtel
04 Raul Meireles (Shelvey 60)
08 Gerrard (red card)
17 Maxi (Babel 60)
21 Lucas
09 Torres (Ngog 77)
18 Kuyt

Substitutes
42 Gulacsi,
16 Kyrgiakos,
22 Wilson,
28 Poulsen,
33 Shelvey,
19 Babel,
24 Ngog

 
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