Man Utd keeper Van der Sar: No-one expected anything from Liverpool

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says no-one was expecting anything from Liverpool yesterday.

Chelsea's trip to Anfield was long perceived as their final hurdle of the title run-in, but the effortless manner with which they brushed aside Rafa Benitez's wearied side made a mockery of any pre-match hopes.

"You hope, but you don't really expect anything," Van der Sar told MUTV after United's win at Sunderland . "Even if they had tried really hard I think they had a gruesome two weeks, played a lot of games and they picked up a couple of injuries.

"I don't think that's the cause of us maybe not winning the league, that happened over the course of the year and some breaks we didn't get and Chelsea got, especially in the last couple of weeks."