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United's Midfield Pair Earn Praise

Sir Alex Ferguson was very pleased with Anderson's and Hargreaves's performance at Anfield.

United secured a priceless 1-0 win at their bitter rivals thanks to a gritty defensive display.And it was largely down to the excellence of their two central midfielders, Owen Hargreaves and Anderson.

'Anderson was terrific, he wasn`t intimidated by Steven Gerrard,' Sir Alex told MUTV.

'I thought he handled that particular part of the game really well. Steven was actually quite quiet today. Hargreaves has got more experience obviously. Both of them did a great job.'

And this great job can get us a long way this season, according to the boss who feels we have an outstanding chance of retaining our title.

'This was a typical Liverpool-United game,' he said.

'The fans create such a fervour and it`s difficult for the referee. Flowing football isn`t the issue, it`s about winning the game. But in the moments when we did play football in the first half, we looked the better team.

'It`s a marvellous day for us - a good team performance and a great result. I said before the game that I feel the games between the top sides are going to be important this season.

'It`s going to be a long struggle to the end of the season. But if we can be top or thereabouts on New Year`s Day, we'll have an outstanding chance of retaining the title.'

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 17 2007

Time: 6:58PM

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Anderson played very well (*Hate to admit*)
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17/12/2007 21:19:00

Anderson and Hargreaves were up against two very good midfielders and sucseeded which shows how very good young players they are
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17/12/2007 22:02:00

Well, Hargreaves is not exactly young, he's 26... a mature, experienced player who was bought for these kind of games. The surprise is Anderson.
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18/12/2007 09:12:00

...26 is still younge :-) but anderson will be amazing we he is about 27 years old ( He is Quality )
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18/12/2007 11:11:00

Anderson owned Gerrard!!! Fabregas owned Gerrard, Modric owned Gerrard....... so much for MBE StevieG being the best midfielder in Europe
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18/12/2007 12:37:00

u lot are ***** gerrard till i die ya ****in pices of ***** dougie is the besd
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18/12/2007 12:55:00

sport: I think only Liverpool fans (Hansen, Lineker and co. included) do seriously believe that Steven Gerrard is the best midfielder in Europe. Can't adhere to tactics, indisciplined, his passing is often shocking... no surprise he was made look like a schoolboy by Modric and Anderson.
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18/12/2007 18:44:00

Anderson *****ed All Over The Super Steven Gerrard!..What A Class Player For The Future..Thats Exactly Why Fergie Bought Him. Hargreaves Av Always Believed Would Be A Great Influence On The United Squad. And Finally Bayern Munich Have Aloowed Him 2.
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