Another night, another win. Last night game was very important for both United and Liverpool. Both teams are fighting to secure the 4th position in the Premier League. Prior to the game, United is ahead with 64 points. Two points more than Liverpool. With this win, the gap is now widen to 5 points.
Liverpool started brightly. At 3′, they dangerously almost scored as Raheem Sterling nutmegged Phil Jones inside the box. Luckily, De Gea quickly captured the ball before Sterling. It seems Daley Blind was really having hard time marking a quick player like Sterling.
Then came the first goal. Ander Herrera spotted Juan Mata running unmarked. With a sublime pass from Herrera, Juan Mata lashed a powerful shot to bottom left corner. GOALLLL!!! Mata was inches short from offside. Apparently it was Martin Škrtel who played Mata onside. Although with few scares, the score remained 1-0 for United until the end of the first 45 minutes.
The second half started with Steven Gerrard entered the field. His first action was an untasteful strong tackle on Juan Mata. Then Gerrard himself received a very strong tackle from Herrera, albeit no touches. Unfortunately, Gerrard reacted by stamping on Herrera in front of the referee. Martin Atkinson saw the incident clearly and gave Gerrard a straight red card.
The second goal was out of this world. Herrera was approaching Liverpool’s box with the ball. As he arrived on his range, he lashed a shot only to be blocked by Liverpool’s defence. The ball spilled to Mata, which he then controlled it briefly, passed it to Angel Di Maria, then making a run into the box. Seeing that Mata is unmarked, Di Maria lobbed the ball accurately in front of Juan Mata. Mata then welcomed the ball with a flying-scissors kick aimed at the left corner. GOALLLL!!! What a brilliant brilliant goal! 😀
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Things are getting more interesting now. In the table, United is now third with 59 points. Meanwhile, our noisy neighbour, City, is at second position with 61 points.
Glory, glory, Man United! The chance of finishing the season at 2nd position is now within grasp.