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2

van Persie 19 Vidic 54

Liverpool

1

Sturridge 57
KO: 13/01/2013 - 13:30 | Venue: Old Trafford
Evra: Scores United's second

Evra: Scores United's second

Manchester United survived a second-half fightback by Liverpool to claim a 3-2 win in a hard-fought encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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The Red Devils dominated the first half and could have led by more than one goal at the break.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring in sublime fashion on 19 minutes when he stroked home Patrice Evra's low cross to cap off a flowing move from United.

In the final few minutes of the half Tom Cleverley went close to adding a second when he volleyed narrowly wide, and the Reds survived a goalmouth scramble thanks to some brave goalkeeping from Jose Reina.

On 54 minutes the hosts doubled their lead. Van Persie's free-kick was met by Evra at the far post and his powerful header found the net via a deflection off the unaware Nemanja Vidic.

Moments later the Merseysiders had their lifeline. Steven Gerrard's shot was well saved by David De Gea, but Daniel Sturridge reacted quickest to turn home the rebound.

Sturridge squandered a chance to level when he fired over from close range late on, but the Premier League leaders hung on to claim the three points and do the double over their North West rivals.

Man Utd

  1 De Gea
  5 Ferdinand
  2 Rafael
  15 Vidic sub *** (79)
yellow card 3 Evra
  23 Cleverley
  16 Carrick
  19 Welbeck
  20 van Persie
  18 Young sub * (46)
  26 Kagawa sub ** (77)

On The Bench

  40 Amos
  12 Smalling sub ***
  4 Jones sub **
  8 Anderson
  11 Giggs
  14 Hernandez
  25 Valencia sub *

Liverpool

  25 Reina
yellow card 2 Johnson G
yellow card 37 Skrtel
  47 Wisdom
yellow card 5 Agger
  8 Gerrard
yellow card 21 Lucas sub * (46)
  24 Allen sub *** (80)
  23 Downing
  7 Suarez
  31 Sterling sub ** (62)

On The Bench

  1 Jones B
  49 Robinson
  Carragher
  14 Henderson sub ***
  8 Shelvey
  15 Sturridge sub *
  29 Borini sub **
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