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The Battle Continues

The Battle Continues

Sadly, Alan Smith was booed off by a section of the Kop after breaking his leg. But there were more contentious issues apart from the Smith injury.

United skipper Gary Neville managed to survive a similar ordeal on his 31st birthday, although he picked up a yellow card. He put in a highly professional performance in the face of persistent abuse from the Anfield fans, following his wild celebrations of United's winner at Old Trafford last month.

Neville had objects - including a half-eaten hamburger - thrown at him during the second half and referee Howard Webb clearly pointed that out to fourth official Mark Halsey.

Stewards had to calm down the United fans who were abusing Gerrard at a corner, and there was a flurry of incidents after the final whistle in the corner of the ground where United's 6,200 followers were separated from Liverpool's gloating throng.

Fourth official Halsey also had to force Liverpool coach Pako Ayesteran off the pitch after he had unwisely ventured over the touchline to remonstrate with referee Webb, so the official's report promises to be packed.

But it is the passion that makes this such a great fixture.

United are in the Carling Cup final next Sunday, and that is 90 minutes to put this to bed. But we've got a week of gloating to face until Neville picks up that cup.

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Writer:Cantona
Date:Sunday February 19 2006
Time: 10:50AM

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It's berks like you, Chris, that stoke the nasty atmosphere between the two clubs. No mention of the vast majority of their fans sympathetically applauding Smudger off once it was realized how serious it was. Tell me, how would we have reacted had Fowler gone down in our corner? No mention either of the fact the Liverpool doctor looked as concerned as ours. No mention of Benitez's first thoughts of Alan's injury at his post match interview. I hate the scousers but this contrasted starkly with Carlos and Sir Alex's lack of dignity after the game. Like you I'll be at Cardiff cheering us on next week. But we were s**te yesterday. Handle it.
Howard
19/02/2006 14:46:00
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out thought and out played utd just were'nt in it
ann field
19/02/2006 22:15:00
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Howard, you are dead right! I was at both the recent games and the abuse and vitriole comes from both sets of supporters - it seems more severe at Anfield because the atmosphere generated makes OT look and sound like a morgue - dare I say, more passion and less prawn butties! Any half decent fan, no matter how much he hates United, has to have sympathy for Smith and, I for one, wish him all the best.
mike1222
20/02/2006 16:46:00
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disgusting boeing an injured man off the pitch
troika dog
20/02/2006 21:46:00
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