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United 1 Liverpool 0

United squeezed past Liverpool, to earn a place in round four, courtesy of a very early penalty from Ryan Giggs.

Sir Alex, mindful of our early exit to Leeds United at a similar stage of the competition last season, selected a strong side for the visit of Liverpool. The only deviations from a full strength side being the absence of Van der Sar, Vidic and Rooney allowing starting opportunities for Kuszczak, Evans and Hernandez. On the bench was our recent signing Anders Lindegaard.

Team - Kuszczak, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs, Berbatov, Hernandez

Subs - Lindegaard, Smalling, Fabio, Anderson, Gibson, Owen, Obertan


First Half - Liverpool got the half underway but with thirty-one seconds on the clock United were awarded a penalty when Agger was adjudged to have tripped Berbatov in the area, After the commotion died down Giggs stepped forward to beat Riena although the keeper did go the right way.

United 1 Liverpool 0 (Giggs pen - 2 minutes)

Despite taking an early lead, the game went into a bit of a lull. Torres could have done better when Kuyt delivered a fine cross and Fletcher picked up the first yellow card of the game after a foul on Kuyt.

Kuyt provided another cross but a weak header from Torres went wide. Both sides won corners but neither side could capitalise as both were easily dealt with by the respective defences. Maxi saw a shot pushed away by Kuszczak whilst Kelly saw his cross cleared, from the danger area, as Liverpool produced a decent spell.

Evans looked good coming out of defence with the ball but his surge came to nothing before Gerrard became the centre of attention, first seeing a low shat saved by the keeper and then seeing a straight red card after a reckless lunge on Carrick.

Nani weaved between two defenders but his shot was too weak to beat Reina before both Kuyt and Maxi missed the target from long range. Right on the stroke of half time Evans superbly met a corner with his head only to be denied by the post.

Half Time - Manchester United 1 Liverpool 0

Second Half - United started the second half and were on the offensive straight away. Berbatov fed Fletcher and his cross was glanced wide by Hernandez.

Hernandez then sent over a cross and Aurelio lived dangerously with a powerful back-header to Reina. Evra believed he was fouled in the area but Howard Webb wasn`t to be fooled again.

Raul Meireles let fly from distance but his shot was woefully off target. Kelly produced a good cross but Ferdinand did well to block a shot from Torres. Dalglish rang the changes bringing on Shelvey and Babel for Maxi and Meireles.

Babel almost made an instant impression forcing a save out of Kuszczak from some thirty yards out. Sir Alex changed things by introducing Anderson, with Fletcher departing.

Kuszczak then produced a good save to deny Aurelio from a free kick from distance before United went close to doubling their lead as the Liverpool goal lived a charmed life with Reina in good form to deny Berbatov`s deft flick.

To boos from the away end and cheers from the remainder of the ground, Sir Alex introduced Michael Owen for Hernandez. Dalglish took off Torres to give Ngog a chance as Liverpool sought an equaliser but it was still United pressing and Reina had to save well from Berbatov again.

Babel met a Kelly cross, with his head, but couldn`t hit the target. Owen galloped onto a ball down the flank only to see his delightful cross toe-poked away.

Giggs, still showing he can turn on the style, went on a mazy run before being crowded out before Berbatov headed over a cross from Evra. One last change was made with Smalling replacing Evans and the finishing post was in sight for United.

There was still time for Owen to shoot wide from outside the area and for Anderson to see a shot deflected behind for a corner, but progression, into round four, was ours!

Full Time - Manchester United 1 Liverpool 0

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Date:Sunday January 9 2011

Time: 3:58PM

Your Comments

Didnt have the honour of seeing this and was forced to listen to it on the radio, made the game sound much more exciting though.
TheFamousNo7
Wow, and you have the temerity to say you never get anything from the refs! Good lord, Webb handed that game to you on a plate - and yet you still only managed 1-0. Beggars belief, it really does.
fifthcolumnblue
Hope that you are trembling in your boots now that you have to face the mighty Saints. If there was any justice you would have drawn at best and would have had to replay at Anfield. Still, you got the ref to help you out yet again so maybe it will be our turn in three weeks to have similar help. Looking forward to the game already.
SFC Forever
Again Manure have 12 men on the pitch .Coward web is a man utd supporter & a disgrace .Sending off was justified even though Rafael did the same thing but stayed on .A penalty ? never & only a biased referee would have given that
big cockeral
Good game. We deserved to win that no question. Berbatov might have gone down easily but there was CONTACT and most strikers would've gone down! But thats not what these ABUs will have you believe. Just because its United, OT, Howard Webb.....this means we have committed the worst crime in the history of football! Why don't you all just **** off back to the holes you crawled out from? Giggs, Berbatov, Nani and Rafael were fantastic! Surprisingly so was Evans!
ForeverUnited
web always helped man utd especially against top 4 teams for example like arsenal I'm Chelsea fan but Liverpool was oppressed every body hate you forever man utd
jose morinhio
I thought you looked average, not for the first time this season yet did enough to win mainly thanks to the ref against a poor Liverpool side with 10 men. I think Rio coming back is huge for you. Your luck will run out though you cant keep scraping past teams your not a patch on Arsenals invincible side
HuddersfieldYiddo
Thought I would save my opinion on it until i saw the highlights and though it was a light penalty there still was contact, granted a very small amount but inside the box any contact is enough to result in a penalty. Couldn't care regardless how we win as long as we do win.
TheFamousNo7
 

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