Liverpool Compound Man United’s Woes

Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as Liverpool closed to within four points of English Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 3-0 win at beleaguered rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
Gerrard found the net from 12 yards either side of half-time before Luis Suarez added a third goal in the 84th minute to give Liverpool their first victory at Old Trafford in five years.
Gerrard should have had a hat-trick of spot-kicks, with a third penalty hitting the post after United captain Nemanja Vidic had been shown a second yellow card for felling Daniel Sturridge, but it was to prove anecdotal.
Liverpool retain a game in hand on Chelsea, who lost 1-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday, and while Brendan Rodgers’s side look more like potential champions with each display, United’s season continues to unravel.
This was the defending champions’ fifth home defeat of the campaign and having started the day 11 points below the UEFA Champions League places, their hopes of a top-four finish have been all but extinguished.
As a result, Wednesday’s Champions League home game with Olympiacos now takes on crucial significance, but with United 2-0 down from the first leg of the last 16 tie, there could be more misery around the corner.
United manager David Moyes had admitted prior to the game that Liverpool’s form “probably” made them favourites, but he will have been alarmed by the ease with which the visitors found holes in the hosts’ defence.

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