Liverpool 1 Manchester U 2
Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2, Anfield Stadium, English Premier League, September 23, 2012. Manchester United came from being one goal down to overcome Liverpool by 2-1 at Anfield. Steven Gerard put the The Anfielders into a 1-0 lead immediately after the refreshments at the break, but a goal each by Rafael da Silva and Robin van Persie saw Sir Alex Ferguson´s men emerge victorious from the hard-fought Premiership encounter.
After edging out Turkish team Galatasaray by 1-0 in a Champions League group stage match at Old Trafford courtesy of an early goal from Michael Carrick, Manchester United locked horns with Livepool at Anfield in one of the most anticipated derby fixtures of the 2012-13 Premier League season. In the corresponding Premiership meeting of the 2011-12 campaign, the two giants had shared the points in an intense 1-1 draw, with Steven Gerrard finding the net for the home team and Javier Hernandez scoring for the visitors. The Merseysiders had amassed just two points from their opening four games, while second placed United had collected a respectable nine points from the same amount of matches played. Both Liverpool and Manchester United knew perfectly well that they were sitting on a keg of gunpowder even before the derby game had started, and as expected The Manchester Reds were put under considerable pressure from the beginning and had to battle hard to gain three points in a tussle which lived up to its billing as a heavyweight clash.
Only seven minutes before the sound of the half time whistle, match official Mark Halsey rightfully showed Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey the red card following a mindless and petulant challenge on Manchester United defender Jonny Evans that off the football field would have seen the former Charlton Athletic player end up in a magistrates court. Brendan Rodgers´s boys nevertheless went in front in the 46th minute of the fiercely contested tie when Gerrard received the ball inside the box and powered a low left-foot volley past United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard and into the net. But five minutes later, Manchester United managed to hit back with a beautifully curled goal from Rafael da Silva, and his equaliser helped his teammates settle down and create more scoring opportunities for themselves as the contest wore on. And with ten minutes left, Antonio Valencia was brought down inside the area by Liverpool defender Glen Johnson and Manchester United were awarded a penalty which Robin van Persie subsequently converted to hand Sir Alex Ferguson´s side their first victory at Anfield since the 16th of December 2007. Liverpool Team: Pepe Reina, Martin Kelly, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson, Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling, Fabio Borini, Luis Suarez. Substitutes: Brad Jones, Jamie Carragher, Jose Enrique, Oussama Assaidi, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Sahin, Suso. Manchester United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Nani, Ryan Giggs, Valencia, Shinji Kagawa, Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: David de Gea, Alex Buttner, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Paul Scholes, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck.