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Liverpool 3 United 1

United crashed to a second successive Premier League defeat, at Anfield, this afternoon courtesy of a Dirk Kuyt hat-trick

For the fixture, United were without Vidic (suspended), Ferdinand (injured) and Evans (Injured) thereby forcing Sir Alex to play Wes Brown alongside Chris Smalling at the heart of the defence. In midfield Ryan Giggs beat Bobby Charlton`s record number of League appearances whilst Darren Fletcher was left on the bench.

With the action underway Liverpool almost took an early lead when Suarez and Meireles combined but Suarez couldn`t get to the return ball. United looked a little sluggish and Maxi, Suarez and Meireles were taking advantage of the situation, spraying the ball around. One move finished with Maxi shooting wide from the right side of the box.

Nani tried to relieve the early pressure but only succeeded in running the ball out of play. Suarez, continuing his lively start, tried a dipping shot from long range but it was never troubling Van der Sar.

Slowly United were getting into the game and a spell whereby they had the majority of possession saw Berbatov shoot straight at Reina. United almost got a breakthrough when Berbatov exchanged passes with Rooney before the post deprived him of a goal after a decent strike with Reina nowhere near making a save.

Liverpool responded with a Suarez cross that Meireles headed back only for Kuyt not to get a touch. Aurelio limped off to be replaced by Kyrgiakos before Brown saw a header, from a corner, hit Skrtel before being cleared.

Tempers got a bit frayed when Suarez and Evra clashed, but Phil Dowd did well to calm the situation down without issuing any cards. Scholes fouled Lucas just outside the area and Gerrard saw his shot deflected for a corner which came to nothing.

With thirty-four minute son the clock Liverpool took the lead with a goal made by Suarez. The striker, signed in January, left three United defenders trailing in his wake before putting the ball through Van der Sar`s legs for Kuyt to poke home from a yard or so out.

Liverpool 1 United 0 (Kuyt - 34 minutes)

The goal stunned United and Van der Sar did well to rush out to thwart Maxi. But with thirty-nine minutes played we found ourselves 2-0 down when United contrived to present Kuyt with a second goal. The culprit was Nani who headed over the head of Carrick only for Kuyt to head past Van der Sar from six yards out.

Liverpool 2 United 0 (Kuyt - 39 minutes)

As half time approached Liverpool should have been down to ten men when Carragher made a crude challenge on Nani. With the Portuguese winger writhing in agony Van der Sar felt so enraged he ran fully seventy yards to get involved, only to receive a yellow card for his exertions.

Nani left the field of play on a stretcher, to be replaced by Hernandez, and before half time there was another altercation when Rafael went in hard on Skrtel and both received yellow cards.

Half Time - Liverpool 2 United 0

The second half started in fine fashion with both sides carving out chances. First Van der Sar did well to cut out a Suarez cross destined for Meireles before Hernandez put a Berbatov cross wide, although he was at full stretch.

At 2-0 down, United had started the second half well but without creating a clear-cut chance; although Ryan Giggs went close with a volley that flew just over the bar. The spell of pressure saw Reina flick away a Hernandez header before anther header, this time from Berbatov, was chested off the line by Meireles. Giggs then saw a twenty yard free kick clear the bar, as United struggled to get back into the game.

Van der Sar was then forced to push away a shot from Meireles before Liverpool got a third goal and put the game to bed, once again it was that man Kuyt. Brown fouled Kuyt and when Van der Sar fumbled Suarez`s shot the Dutchman was the quickest to react to stab the ball home.

Liverpool 3 United 0 (Kuyt - 65 minutes)

With just over a quarter of an hour left United were looking for a miracle. Carroll, on as a substitute forced a save from Van der Sar. United forced a free kick but Rooney slammed his shot straight into the wall. Kuyt almost had a fourth but his volley went high and wide.

Suarez then danced, again, through the United defence but couldn`t get his shot off before Gerrard saw a free kick go inches wide of Van der Sar`s post. But there was still time left for United to get a consolation goal when Hernandez glanced a Giggs cross into the corner but it was too little too late as the red half of Merseyside celebrated the final whistle.

Liverpool 3 United 1 (Hernandez - 90+2 minutes)

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 6 2011

Time: 4:39PM

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U wil not win d league.
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06/03/2011 16:51:00

Let's not hit the self-destruct button and implode hear. We need to regain focus and ensure we pick ourselves up from the consecutive losses. We've still got a really good chance still when you take a look at the run in:
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06/03/2011 16:52:00

Bolton (h), Westham (a), Fulham (h), Newcastle (a), Everton (h), Arsenal (a), Chelsea (h), Blackburn (a), Blackpool (h).
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06/03/2011 16:53:00

Arsenal: Westbrom (a), Blackburn (h), Blackpool (a), Liverpool (h), Tottenham (a), Bolton (a), Man U (h), Stoke (a), Aston Villa (h), Fulham (a)
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06/03/2011 16:53:00

And to top it all your club disgraces by not speaking to the media after the game - sour grapes. It's not even as if Fergie has a case for his defense after his comments last week. Knight of the realm, ha. Even Rio had to take his tweet down. Classless
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06/03/2011 17:01:00

I've said it before but i'm praying for the Arsenal collapse that has been seen time and again in recent years. Overall though quite a poor season with all the big sides playing quite poorly (Ourselves, Arsenal and Chelsea) but still a very tense one with 1st place being incredibly tight, CL's spots in serious contention, Europa League also in close contention and the relagation battle being as tight as ever.
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06/03/2011 17:03:00

We still have a good chance - but without nani we will struggle as he is the only midfielder capable of doing anything out of the ordinary.

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06/03/2011 17:04:00

Redboy can we have an update of what's happening in the injury department if possible? I want to know how far off is the recoveries of Anderson, Valencia, Hargreaves, Ferdinand and Nani? These players will definately be needed sooner rather than later.
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06/03/2011 17:08:00

Famous7 forget hargreaves...why are you even asking about him... our team is crying out for a playmaker in midfield. I hope those Javier Pastore rumours are true. Great player.
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06/03/2011 17:53:00

also, owen out, wellbeck back in
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06/03/2011 17:54:00

we've been very unlucky this year for the run in...again, like last year, half our players are, evans, anderson, valencia, park.
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06/03/2011 17:56:00

An unfit Owen Hargreaves is better than Carrick and Gibson combined alexpant. You're not wrong that playmaker is desperately needed and I would love to see Pastore sign for us but right now we can only use what we've got and the closest thing we've got to a playmaker at the moment is Anderson or Hargreaves. I would love to see an injury-free United with VDS GK, Rafael RB, Ferdinand CB, Vidic CB, Evra LB, Hargo CDM, Fletch CM, Anderson CAM, Valencia RW, Nani LW, Rooney ST. If we could have that team back I can see us winning the title without the slightest doubt.
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06/03/2011 18:10:00

Where is Giggs' interview after his record-breaking game for Utd? Where is your media monkey Phelan today? In the same place as Neville's comments as PFA rep after his best mate gets a boot kicked in the face from Siralex. Players gagged like schoolkids and a club classless in defeat. Bet your proud.
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06/03/2011 18:35:00

Someone explain to me how it is Nani needed a stretcher, when he got up right away, then ran to the ref to show him his "baddie". Just after that he threw himself to the floor like there was a sniper in the stands somewhere. Get on with it you wet towel. And suarez too, rolling around after taking a slight knock. Bunch of play acting ********
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06/03/2011 19:31:00
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06/03/2011 19:36:00

No arguments that Carragher should have walked for his challnege on Nani, but the way he got up to run at the ref and assault him was totally disgraceful. The rules state that he should have received a straight red for that, so both sides should have been down to 10. But Nain cleverly went down and got himself stretchered off - sure, the ref could still have shown him a red card, but players on a stretcher very rarely get sent off now do they? Rafael also deserved red for his dreadful studs up tackle. Strange that games always descend into chaos, with wild tackles, brawls and all manner of gamesmanship when the rags are losing - "winning mentality" or lack of class? I know which way I'm voting!
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06/03/2011 19:45:00

P.S. Great assist from Michael Jackson for Kuyt's second goal BTW!
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06/03/2011 19:46:00

the dark storm clouds are gathering!
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06/03/2011 19:51:00

Lack of class? What like Mancini and his attack on Moyes or his petty childish feud with Hughes? Funnny that they were games you drew as well, eh? But hey, were the only classless ones during defeat.
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06/03/2011 20:15:00

No famous, you are equally classless when you win. Nice of your manager to take time out of his busy schedule to speak to the media, including MUTV today. Does that no leave you feeling slightly cheated? Surely you want to hear your manager's (or his stooge Phelan's) opinion opn why it all went tits up for you today? Hope the FA throw the book at the graceless old soak - but i won't hold my breath.
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06/03/2011 20:18:00

fcb, we have never been given a truthfull level-headed analysis from our manager or any of his assistants when it's gone tits up so it wouldn't make any difference today. Fergie and Phelan never publically humilate any player for not playing well (Mancini telling Dzeko he needs to improve and his unhappiness with Balotelli for not being a team player for example I though it was uncalled for and a bit out order). Quite frankly I've got my own opinions and whilst i'm interested in Fergie's i'm not going to cry a river for not hearing it because when i do hear it, it's invalid or partially true e.g. blaming the ref, to protect a 5hit performance. I've got more pressing issues in my life than that of whether Fergie gives an opinion or not.
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06/03/2011 20:34:00

never seen a grown man cry like nani did, they were actually real tears,how utterly humiliating
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06/03/2011 21:14:00

He wasn't crying due to the pain of his injury humpty - he just knew what taggart was going to do to him for his cock-up clearance for the second goal!
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06/03/2011 21:56:00

Can see why u come on our page FamousNo7, your page is dead!
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06/03/2011 23:01:00

jackstan i've got a genuine interest for whats happening across all teams in the premier league and when an article or piece of news grabs my interest I comment, it's not solely because the activity on this page is low.
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07/03/2011 08:06:00

we miss out on suarez , great player, hopefully next year we will have better players coming, why not give a chance to alexis sanchez or some other talent that have experience in set of gambling with obertan or bebe, they could go on loan to see if they r capable of something, gibson, i dont know what to say bout him, sometimes he gets completely lost in games and i dont know if he will ever improve, i like him though. Carragher should be expulsent off from football , wtf with that tackle! .Come on Devils , We can make it!
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07/03/2011 16:12:00

Alot of United fans are calling for Sanchez interestingly. It's not like our left side is poor, look at it this way when Giggs retires I would rather see Nani cutting inside with his favoured right foot and Valencia hitting those pin point crosses from the right. It's been so long since we've seen Valencia that i'm afraid many are forgetting his ability down the flank.
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07/03/2011 16:20:00

Some funny rumours i've been seeing lately is 1) Apparently we're going to go on a 100 mil spending spree! Bale, Young, Henderson, Chamberlain, Rodwell and Stekelenburg are Fergie's supposed targets. 2) Pastore's agent is discussing a 34mil move to United, I can't help but think he got lost on his way to City and was simply asking for directions, 34 mil you having a laugh? I'm going to take a wild guess and assume any money we have got (which I honestly believe we have) will be saved for Fergie's successor and this point may be made even more valid with the likes of Giggs and Scholes being offered a 1 year extension and Carrick also being offered an extension.
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07/03/2011 16:26:00

even keeping giggs 7 scholes we should get new good players , with animals like carragher and de jong in the league any of the squad could be ksidelined by 1 of those for weeks by 1 of those criminals.
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08/03/2011 02:43:00

LMFAO. To mention DeJong and the uber-thug Scholes in the same sentnece just shows how utterly stupid and oblivious to reality you manure fans really are.
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08/03/2011 07:10:00

fcb Schole's poor challenges breaks up opposition play and aren't intended to injure or end careers. De Jong is more than capable of tackling and chooses to go in with unsightly force to maim his opponents. He has already broken 2 legs in his short career, now tell me how many legs has Scholes broke? Kile is right in saying the guys an animal and being honest even that's complementary because every game played against him is a risk to your football career.
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08/03/2011 08:10:00

No doubt we need reinforcement Kile but I don't think width is a necessity as we've got bundles of it. The centre of midfield, if anything, needs the most attention.
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08/03/2011 08:11:00

Scholes is a hideous thug, you would all hate him if he played for another team. And how do you know he's never set out to deliberately injure a player? DeJong has still never had a red card in his career. Perhaps you lads should stop spouting the opinions of the News of the World and start thinking for yourselves eh? Then again, the vast majority of manure fans are sheep...
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08/03/2011 09:50:00 <--- Broke 2 legs and could've seriously injured Alonso and yet no red cards, funny that, bias towards City perhaps against smaller opponents?
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08/03/2011 12:36:00


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