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Reds beats The Devils : Liverpool trounced United !!

Posted in Soccer by Rahim on September 14, 2008

The “biggest match” in BPL had it all. Rafa Benitez have not beaten Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Liverpool, and i did not expected this to change. Benitez opted to bench Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, both not fully fit, and opted to give debut to his new siging from Spain, Albert Riera. It was the same defensive approach that i have come to expect from Rafa’s 4-5-1 formation.

Sir Alex Ferguson opted for an attacking line-up, playing Dimiter Berbatov, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney. But here is the twist. Rooney, once again, was asked to play out of position, this time on the right wing!

Talk about intent.

The match started on the best possible way for United as Tevez scrored froma cut-back from Berbatov in the 3rd minutes. The culprit was Mascherano, who did not tracked back his National team mate and he knew that. ANother 10 minutes of United’s dominace and from there all went downhill.

Liverpool began to pass the ball more purpose and got lucky when a fluffed shot from Alonso was shockingly handled by Van Der Sar and the ball hit Wes Brown’s leg and went into the United’s net. It was all square. A damning howler from one the most senoir most member of the squad. More of this to come later in the 2nd half.

Suddenly The Kops sensed thier opputunity and United’s players seems to lost thier confidence and were outplayed all over the park.

Rafa would surely have told Aurelio and Riera to work on The United’s right and make a fool of Rooney and Brown and they did that!! Berbatov, Scholes and Anderson were anonymous in the 2nd half which pronpted Sir Alex to bring on Ryan Giggs, Owen Hargreaves and Nani. But that did not change anything. Then came the winner from Ryan Babel in the 77th minutes. An error by Giggs led to the goal, whcih Babel hit his shot into the ground and it bounced and went into the net. I did not expected this from Giggs, maybe its time the curtains should fall on his career.

From that moment on it was the same as Liverpool played all the football, asked all the questions to which United had no replies.

Nemenja Vidic saw given his marching orders for a nd yelolow card for a really bad tackle on Alonso, which suspends him for next week’s match against Chelsea.

It was a shameful display by United and highlight the importance of Cristiano Ronaldo. How much they dependent on him last season can be judged ny United’s dismal start of the season.

I have always said that Liverpool gets lucky all the time but this was a stunning performance from an average Liverpool team without their star players but were more aggressive and a desire to beat United at Anfield.

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