Monday 24 September 2012


Late penalty secured Manchester United’s first Anfield win since December 2007, as it beat 10-man Liverpool 2-1 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. However, Rafael equalized soon after and Van Persie, one of United’s three players to miss from the spot already this term, scored his fourth goal in as many games against the Reds nine minutes from time. In the end, it was something of a relief that the talking points were all generated on the pitch as Liverpool marked its 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 the Old Trafford in February, having previously been found guilty of racially abusing Evra in the corresponding fixture at Anfield last season

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