Man Utd 3-0 Liverpool – live as it happened

Live text commentary as it happened: Man Utd 3–0 Liverpool

1523 GMT: Full time. Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0 after a crazy game. Liverpool looked for a while like getting back into it but United buried the game in the end.

Stoppage time: Three minutes of added time. Liverpool might as well give up playing. Arguably Mascherano would have stayed on the pitch had the Ashley Cole/Alan Hutton/Mike Riley controversy not happen in midweek, but still, it’s not forgivable.

89th minute: Worth pointing out Mascherano is suspended for next weekend’s Merseyside derby. If Everton win that at Anfield, Everton would go fourth by a point.

87th minute: Ronaldo goes down rather easily in the box. No penalty. Only one other team have scored thrice against Liverpool this season — Reading.

86th minute: Arguably the turning point of the match was Mascherano’s absolute stupidity. United are just passing the ball around now.

83rd minute: Defensive substitution as John Arne Riise is on for Fernando Torres. One wonders what Rafa’s trying to accomplish with Peter Crouch left on the bench.

81st minute – GOAL (Man Utd): And that, truly, is game over, as Nani finishes sublimely from just outside the box.

79th minute – GOAL (Man Utd): Liverpool appeal for an offside but Ronaldo is ruled onside – rightly. His attempt at a chip hits the bar. Corner goes in, however, as Cristiano Ronaldo buries the game.

76th minute: Torres goes down under a heavy challenge by Carrick. Bennett goes to have a word with his assistant. Rooney has gone over to the touchline temporarily. Carrick escapes sanction.

73rd minute: Rooney does very well down the left and a brilliant pass finds Anderson, but he wastes the effort, blasting over. Rooney has a niggle right now. United make a double change: Nani on for Ryan Giggs. Anderson comes off for Carlos Tévez. Rooney is really, really struggling.

72nd minute: Gerrard’s speculative effort goes wide. Man Utd have had 70% of possession this half.

70th minute: Liverpool enjoying a good spell right now. Throw-in to Liverpool on the right.

68th minute: Liverpool get a free-kick in a promising position. The kick beats everyone though. Follow-up is cleared and United breaking but Ronaldo’s cross is intercepted well. Torres on a good run trips up in the area and it’s cleared.

66th minute: Yossi Benyoun is on for Ryan Babel.

65th minute: Man Utd pick up another free-kick on the left in a perfect Ronaldo position. The kick hits the wall and it’s cleared.

64th minute: Torres requires a little talking-to as he just catches Vidic slightly late. Torres is on a yellow card, but Bennett handles it well.

62nd minute: Good call as Evra is caught offside. Liverpool getting Yossi Benayoun ready.

62nd minute: Powerful 25-yard attempt from Anderson is safely caught by Reina.

60th minute – YELLOW CARD: For once, it’s a United player into the book as Rio Ferdinand. Very little in it and Bennett could’ve been trying to even things up. Free-kick, taken quickly, almost catches the defence asleep.

58th minute: Liverpool with a rare foray into the United half. Cleared easily. Aurélio does well at the back to hold Ronaldo off.

56th minute: A great clearance by van der Sar finds Rooney unmarked. A great save by Reina with his right foot, and Anderson’s follow up misses wide.

55th minute: Liverpool are pinned back in their own half now and have hardly threatened this half. United are totally dominating the match.

53rd minute – YELLOW CARD: Arbeloa is booked and United have a free-kick on the edge. Barely outside the box though. Free-kick from Ronaldo is wide.

51st minute: Another stat for you. Past five minutes, United have had 80% of the possession to Liverpool’s 20.

47th minute: Busy start to the second half. Reina makes a brilliant point-blank save from Ronaldo then down the other end almost immediately van der Sar has to run out to clear a ball. Gerrard has a good effort parried by the Dutch shot-stopper too.

1435 GMT: The second half kicks off.

Stoppage time: Liverpool deal well with a United threat. Liverpool now surely stand little chance. Absolutely stupid and unnecessary from Mascherano. Half time.

44th minute – YELLOW CARD/RED CARD: Torres wins the ball after a brief tussle. Torres is booked for something, probably trivial, but Mascherano has talked himself into getting sent off for dissent. Absolutely daft. Rafa has to step in to restrain Mascherano.

41st minute: United threaten, but Xabi Alonso clears well. Babel is released on a run down the left but Brown makes a good block and it’s a Liverpool corner, taken short. Cross in is not cleared well but Arbeloa blasts his effort over.

40th minute: The free-kick from Ronaldo – 30 yards – hits the wall. Giggs and Rooney head it on but Reina saves it. Reina screws up his throw and finds Anderson, who blasts it over the bar.

39th minute: Mascherano commits a foul right in front of Bennett. He has to be careful, he’s on a yellow already.

36th minute: Torres runs down the right. His cross/shot is right at van der Sar.

33rd–35th minutes – GOAL (Man Utd): Giggs is free in the box and attempts a cheeky shot, which Reina makes a real mess off. Claws it away from his goal in time, but that was a real heart-in-mouth moment for Liverpool. Not over the line, though, clearly shown on the replay. Liverpool want a penalty down the other end. Not given.

Man Utd on the counter. Anderson’s cross is headed away. Ronaldo picks up on the loose ball. Scholes finds Rooney unmarked but the ball’s too powerful. Rooney sends a cross back in and Wes Brown beats Reina to the ball to head into an empty net.

31st minute: Slight lull in action rigt now.

28th minute: Rooney finds Brown unmarked on the right. His cross finds no-one but Arbeloa heads it out. Corner kick to United, their first of the match. Ronaldo’s header is not dealt well with but Liverpool put it out for a throw on the right.

27th minute: Liverpool’s corner finds no-one but Rooney makes a meal of his clearance and has to be bailed out by Brown.

25th minute: Mascherano’s been playing well but has to be careful, being on a yellow card. Arbeloa does well with a challenge and puts it out for a throw. It’s back to Vidic in midfield. A stat has just come up. Last five minutes, United have had 84% of the possession to Liverpool’s 16%. Liverpool have an attack. Gerrard has a good attempt that’s deflected over.

24th minute: Giggs swings in a free-kick from the right and Liverpool fail to deal with it. Ronaldo gets a touch to it but his header hits the post and Liverpool get a goal kick.

23rd minute: United down the left with Ronaldo, who’s hovering over the ball. Plays it back to Carrick. Scholes finds the ball but his weak effort doesn’t make it very far, reaching only a defender.

21st minute: Evra’s shot deflects off a defender and hits Steve Bennett, the referee. Ball in the middle of the pitch right now. The ball falls to Kuyt who makes a good run down the right but the chance is wasted. United break but Giggs’ attempt is blocked by Mascherano. Torres loses the ball upfield. United hoof it forward and catch Reina out of his box, but Reina clears the ball well.

19th minute: Wes Brown does well on the right flank, keeping the ball in play. Anderson, however, loses the ball and it’s out for a Liverpool throw. Ex-United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is spotted in the crowd next to out-for-the-season captain Gary Neville.

17th minute: Liverpool fail to clear properly, but it’s finally dealt with in the end. David Moyes is spotted in the crowd scouting Liverpool, who Everton face next week.

15th minute: Gerrard’s free kick is headed out. Babel and Ronaldo both go for the ball and Ronaldo is fouled. Play continues and Man Utd give away another free-kick. Taken short. Cross forward is chested away. Liverpool clear their lines from United’s attempt at a counter-attack. Offside against Giggs from Brown’s hoof forward.

14th minute: Ronaldo goes down rather easily and looks like a spoilt brat that he doesn’t get a free-kick. Liverpool win one down the other end.

12th minute: Evra finds Rooney down the left. Rooney squares it back across to Carrick, whose chip finds Evra in an offside position. Babel goes on a mazy run down the other end of the pitch and wins a corner, taken short. Alonso finds Aurélio down the left but his shot/cross is wide.

11th minute – YELLOW CARD: Mascherano gets booked for a lunging tackle on Scholes. Almost gets sent off for dissent.

9th minute: Ronaldo goes down under an Arbeloa challenge and wins a free-kick. Liverpool fail to pick Rooney up in the box – appears to be on-side from the free-kick – but Reina gets there first.

6th minute: Rooney is tripped up in the box but gets up and keeps going. His effort is right at Reina and leaves him frustrated. Would have been a penalty had he gone down. Well played by Rooney, who could definitely have gone down.

5th minute: Liverpool have an attacking throw in. Taken short by Arbeloa. Kuyt’s cross is headed away by Ferdinand. Martin Skrtel in Liverpool’s defence is playing in his first big derby.

4th minute: Foul given in the box against Torres and United have a free-kick after some pressure from Liverpool.

1332 GMT: The match kicks off.


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