Liverpool 1 Manchester U 2
Fourth positioned Manchester United followed up a 3-0 Premier League success against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford with a tough fought 2-1 triumph over fifth placed Liverpool at Anfield. Juan Manuel Mata Garcia, commonly known as Juan Mata, notched the first goal of the contest when he was set up by fellow midfielder Ander Herrera in the 14th minute of the derby match between the two Premiership giants. Adam Lallana was eventually replaced by Steven Gerrard at the beginning of the second period, but the previous England skipper was given the red card less than a minute later for a ridiculous challenge on Ander Herrera. Juan Mata then doubled the lead for Louis van Gaal´s Old Trafford side as he brilliantly converted a pass from Angel Di Maria almost on the hour mark, before Daniel Sturridge reduced the deficit for The Anfielders with some twenty minutes left of the game in Liverpool. There was even more drama when the visiting team from Manchester were handed a penalty by match official Martin Atkinson after Germany U21 international Emre Can had fouled Holland player Daley Blind inside the eighteen-yard-box in stoppage time, but Wayne Rooney´s subsequent spot kick was superbly saved by Belgian international custodian Simon Mignolet.
The result was without doubt a personal triumph for Juan Mata, whose two goals made him Man of the Match. The Spaniard, who began his professional footballing career with Primera Division club Valencia, was lured to Manchester United from Chelsea by former manager David Moyes in the middle of the 2013-14 season, and was given his Premier League debut in a 2-0 victory against Cardiff City at Old Trafford on the 28th of January 2014. Mata followed up by scoring his first goal for The Manchester Reds in a 4–1 win over Aston Villa at The Theatre of Dreams on the 29th of March, and went on to register his first brace for his new employers in a 4-0 trashing of Newcastle United at St James´s Park on the 5th of April. The 2-1 away victory over Liverpool meant that Manchester United remained in fourth position in the Premier League table, however, five points ahead of the Merseysiders. Liverpool Team: Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge. Substitutes: Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva, Kolo Toure, Steven Gerrard, Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli, Bradley Jones. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Valencia, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Angel Di Maria, Rafael, Marcos Rojo, Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Radamel Falcao, Victor Valdes.