Sunday September 19, 2010 Day 5 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 3 - 2 Liverpool

  • Berbatov 42’, 59’, 84’
  • Gerrard 64’ (pen.), 70’

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  1. Berbatov brilliance saves United

    Berbatov brilliance saves United

    Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick gave Manchester United a thrilling 3-2 win against Liverpool at Old Trafford. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Liverpool
    • 90+5' MANCHESTER UNITED DO IT THE HARD WAY!! Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick gives United the points after another defensive wobble!
    • 90+4' Rooney and Anderson knock the ball between them until Gerrard fouls Anderson. Time running out for Liverpool.
    • 90+4' Skrtel penalised for a push on the back and the home side will try to run down the clock a little further.
    • 90+3' Torres rises to meet a high ball, but can only glance his header through to Van der Sar.
    • 90+3' Rooney takes the ball to the corner flag and holds off Glen Johnson... but now Liverpool are back in possession...
    • 90+2' Uncertain clearance by Vidic but the ball goes out off a white shirt and John O'Shea will take his time over this throw.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of added time to be played as Torres heads it down in the United box and Vidic tidies up.
    • 90' How nervous are United fans now? We have not yet seen how many minutes are to be added.
    • 89' Cross from the Liverpool left cleared, but not convincingly. Then Agger is penalised for a foul on Vidic.
    • 88' Manchester United: A standing ovation for Dimitar Berbatov, who is off for a well-earned smoke. Darron Gibson and Anderson replace Berbatov and Nani.
    • 87' Nani is down on the deck again - possibly with a touch of cramp this timely...
    • 86' Berbatov chases back to halfway and wins possession back - the man can't put a foot wrong today.
    • 85' Well, if this doesn't win the United faithful, what will? Brilliant from Berbatov, but now United have another six minutes plus stoppage time to hold on.
    • 84' GOAL!!! BERBATOV HAT-TRICK!!! O'Shea crosses diagonally from the right, Berbatov outjumps Carragher and guides his header into the left corner!
    • 83' Manchester United: Federico Macheda comes on for Ryan Giggs.
    • 82' Liverpool: Dan Agger comes on for Paul Konchesky.
    • 81' United are getting ready to bring Federico Macheda on, as Darren Fletcher fails to bring down a Rooney lobbed through ball.
    • 80' Liverpool change: Milan Jovanovic replaces Raul Meireles.
    • 80' Nani cuts inside from the right and clips a cross to the far post. Reina is up and claims it.
    • 79' Giggs runs at Poulsen but the Dane is well-positioned to win the ball back.
    • 78' Rooney tries a neat lay-off to Berbatov but Gerrard is there to cut out the pass.
    • 77' A strange atmosphere inside Old Trafford. The majority of the 75,000 can hardly believe what they have witnessed.
    • 76' David N'Gog goes for goal from 25 yards, but sends it high into orbit.
    • 75' Evra attempts to play a one-two with Berbatov but Rooney gets in the way of the return pass.
    • 74' Evans slides in on Torres right at the edge of the box, and this time referee Webb sees nothing wrong with it.
    • 73' Who has the mental and physical strength to find a winner? United were in such a comfortable position before absolutely imploding. It's not really a comeback as Liverpool were just handed the goals.
    • 72' United are all at sea as Liverpool hit another high ball into the box... Meireles glances his header just wide!
    • 71' How have Manchester United managed to throw away another two-goal lead? They were two of the softest goals you will ever see!
    • 70' GOAL!!! GERRARD SCORES A FREE-KICK!! Manchester United have thrown it away again!! The Fletcher breaks from the wall, and Gerrard places it through the hole and into the bottom right corner! Amazing.
    • 69' Tangle of legs between O'Shea and Torres, who goes down as he races through on goal! Liverpool scream for a red card but Webb settles for yellow. A great chance from the free-kick.
    • 69' Scholes is the latest player to go into the book - typical Scholes challenge.
    • 68' Giggs digs out a cross from the left, and Rooney and Beratov both have shots blocked. Then Nani drives into the box and is halted by Nani.
    • 67' Now Nani is down after what looks like a bodycheck from Poulsen. He does like to make a meal of things. He'll survive.
    • 66' Yellow card David N'Gog for a striker's challenge on Darren Fletcher.
    • 66' United are straight back on the offensive, aiming crosses into the box. Rooney gets a header goalwards but Reina makes a simple save.
    • 65' Evans was booked for that foul on Torres. A clear foul and naive defending from the Northern Irishman.
    • 64' GERRARD STEPS UP... SCORES!! Fires it into the right corner, sending Van der Sar the wrong way! Liverpool are back in the game!
    • 63' PENALTY!!! Torres cuts the ball inside past Evans, who slides and takes him out - Howard Webb points to the spot!
    • 62' Liverpool change: David N'Gog comes on for Maxi Rodriguez, and Liverpool switch to a more traditional 4-4-2.
    • 61' Nani crosses low from the right and there is panic in the Liverpool box before Carragher evenutally shovels the ball to relative safety.
    • 60' Magnificent goal by Berbatov - an absolute stunner. You really have to see that one.
    • 59' GOOOOAAALLL!!! DIMITAR BERBATOV WITH A MAGICAL OVERHEAD KICK!! He controls Nani's cross with his thigh, then hits a looping overhead kick in off the underside of the bar!
    • 58' Joe Cole has a shot from 25 yards, but drags it well wide. Good to see him getting involved though.
    • 57' Yellow card Wayne Rooney for a cycnical foul on Torres. Howard Webb was right there and that's the first booking today.
    • 56' NANI!! Fires a shot against the woodwork from the edge of the box! Superb hit from the Portuguese.
    • 55' Liverpool still on the ball - and still in their own half - but now Giggs intercepts and sprints down the left. His cross is aimed towards Berbatov but he cannot connect with his attempted volley.
    • 54' Liverpool are seeing more of the ball and looking a bit more comfortable in possession. Not threatening, but more settled.
    • 52' Another Torres half-chance, but he sends his volley high over the bar.
    • 51' Handball, and United have a free-kick on the left... teed up for Fletcher whose shot takes a looping Paul Parker-style deflection and Reina just gets to it under pressure from Berbatov.
    • 50' Promising attack for United, but Rooney hits a pass to the left that bisects Berbatov and Giggs and skips out for a throw.
    • 49' United pass the ball out of defence to 'Ole's - but they don't want to get too comfortable. This might not be the best Liverpool team of al time but they have a goal in them.
    • 48' Rooney finds Nani on the left, who plays a crossfield pass to Nani, who cuts inside and fires a left-foot shot which is blocked.
    • 47' Meireles wins a throw in a decent position on the right, but Liverpool make nothing of it.
    • 46' Liverpool kick the second half off. No personnel changes from either manager.
    • 45+2' That's half-time and Dimitar Berbatov's fifth goal in six games has given Manchester United a deserved lead - back in 15 minutes.
    • 45+1' One added minute to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 45' O'Shea crosses left-footed from the right and it is moved on to Evra, who cannot keep his cross in play.
    • 44' Wayne Rooney lets fly from the edge of the box and drags his shot wide of the left-hand upright. United flying as we approach half-time.
    • 43' Huge handball claim against Jamie Carragher after a Maxi lay-off hits him! But referee Webb sees nothing wrong!
    • 42' GOAL!! IT'S DIMITAR BERBATOV AGAIN!! The Bulgarian is being wrestled by Torres, but does not have to jump and stoops to direct a header inside the near post! Shoddy defending from Liverpool and United lead!
    • 41' Johnson concedes a corner which Giggs floats in... Gerrard heads behind for another corner.
    • 40' The overlapping Konchesky booms his cross into the crowd, to the mocking delight of the home fans. That was actually a decent chance.
    • 39' There's no appreciable change in Roy Hodgson's expression, though he must be pleased with the goalless scoreline. The overlapping Konchesky booms a cross into the crowd to jeers from the home fans.
    • 38' A decent spell of posession for Liverpool, who have actually been on the ball 53 per cent of the time in the first half. Surprising.
    • 37' Now Nani is penalised for what can only be characterised as a revenge attack on Konchesky. Late and not very nice...
    • 36' Fergie is having a right go at the linesman closest to that Konchesky/Nani collision. Give it a rest, Sir Alex...
    • 35' Nani goes down claiming he caught an arm in the face from Konchesky... well, there may have been a little contact but he certainly made the most of it.
    • 34' Meireles loops a free-kick high into the United box, and Vidic heads clear under no pressure from an opponent.
    • 33' O'Shea hits a low, long ball for Rooney, who looks to lay it off to Fletcher but finds and opponent. Rooney has been a little subdued.
    • 32' O'Shea put his hand in the back of Torres as the ball come into the box, but it would have been a pretty soft penalty.
    • 31' Just a glimpse of a chance of Fernando Torres, but the Liverpool number nine is quickly crowded out inside the United box.
    • 30' And right on cue comes the Vidic tribute song: "Nemanja, ohhh, Nemanja, ohhh, he comes from Serbia.." and that's as much of the song as I can publish.
    • 29' That's why Vidic is so loved by United fans - a sliding tackle on Joe Cole that had 'no nonsense' written all over it.
    • 28' Sorry, it was Skrtel challenging Rooney, not Konchesky. Too many baldies in this Liverpool squad - also Pepe Reina, Joe Cole, Raul Meireles and sub Milan Jovanovic.
    • 27' Rooney finds Nani wide on the right, who in turn finds the overlapping O'Shea... his low cross is cut out.
    • 26' Penalty shout as Konchesky appears to climb all over Rooney inside the box! Referee Webb says no dice!
    • 25' Liverpool win their first corner on the right side, and Gerrard plays it short to Johnson, who cuts inside and hits a left-foot shot well wide.
    • 24' Rooney clips a diagonal cross into the box looking for Berbatov, but Reina is up well to claim it.
    • 23' Danger here for Liverpool - Steven Gerrard is limping and looks less than comfortable. Let's see how this plays out. He wants to stay on...
    • 22' Skrtel dallies and allows a high ball to bounce... Berbatov steals in but the Bulgarian is penalised for a foul on the defender.
    • 21' Giggs takes on Johnson down the United left... Johnson stops him, but at the cost of a corner. The corner is cleared to the waiting Scholes 25 yards from goal... fires his shot over!
    • 20' Meireles slips over and somehow buys a free-kick off Scholes. Lucky boy.
    • 19' Roy Hodgson looks pensive. His side are very much under the cosh. The Liverpool manager would certainly settle for a 0-0 result today...
    • 18' This from Infostrada: Liverpool have not scored in their last three PL away matches. The last time they failed to score in their last four away matches was in Jan - March 2010, when they ended their drought at Old Trafford.
    • 17' Maxi finds Meireles down the Liverpool right, but his cross is headed clear. The visitors have had a lucky escape.
    • 16' Oh, Nani! Great chance, twice! Rooney finds him in acres of space on the right but he inexplicably chooses not to shoot, pulling it back for Rooney. The eventual shot ricochets back to Nani, who sidefoots well wide. He's often criticised for his lack of end product and that is a prime example.
    • 15' Darren Fletcher hits a Scholes-esque 60-yard crossfield pass for Nani, but nothing comes of it as the Portuguese is quickly crowded out.
    • 14' Liverpool have weathered that difficult start and look fairly settled now. They are certainly seeing more of the ball.
    • 13' Joe Cole gets on the ball on the Liverpool left but Nani quickly dispossesses him. Cole a peripheral figure at the moment.
    • 12' The rain is getting harder and it could get fairly soggy if things continue in this vein.
    • 11' Wayne Rooney is penalised for climbing all over Poulsen when jumping for a header, and the United number 10 gives Howard Webb an earful.
    • 10' A rare foray forward for Liverpool, but Konchesky gives it away to Berbatov with a slack pass.
    • 9' Giggs lofts a cross from the left, met by Rooney, but the striker's header is well wide. There was a penalty shout after a tussle between Vidic and Carragher, but the Serbian definitely made the most of it. Good decision by referee Webb.
    • 8' Bright start from Nani, who wins another corner off Konchesky on the United right. Big responsibility on him following Antonio Valencia's injury. The ball works its way to John O'Shea, who drags a 25-yard shot badly off target. But it's all United.
    • 7' Scholes finds Nani on the right, and Konchesky deflects his cross for a corner, which is headed away by Gerrard.
    • 6' Old Trafford is sometimes rightly accused of having a sterile atmosphere, but it is electric today. This fixture means more to the two teams than any other. Konchesky fouls Nani, who takes a few seconds to get up.
    • 5' First corner of the game to United, Giggs with an outswinger from the left, Vidic rises to meet it but heads high over the bar.
    • 4' Nani is tackled out on the United right and throws himself up in the air... no foul.
    • 3' First chance of the game as Evra floats a cross from the left... but Berbatov cannot get his head on it! Decent start from the home side.
    • 2' The noise inside Old Trafford is tremendous, and with a light drizzle falling, the conditions are perfect - the pitch getting a little bit slick allowing the ball to zip around.
    • 1' Referee Howard Webb gets the game under way! United kick off, playing from left to right in red and white. Liverpool are in white shirts and black shorts.
    • 13:29 The players come out to that very silly Old Trafford fanfare, and we will be under way in a moment!
    • 13:28 Paul Konchesky faces United for the second time this season, having played for Fulham in the 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.
    • 13:27 Alan Smith and Rob Hawthorne seem like a strangely b-list commentary team for what Sky are calling the biggest match of the season. All the more reason to follow the game here...
    • 13:25 Roy Hodgson: "Fernando Torres hasn't been firing on all cylinders and that may be the case again today. But that won't be because he doesn't want to do well or has become a bad player."
    • 13:23 Talking to Sky, Fergie says: "Chelsea had a very easy start, and they've got tough games coming up. We've had two very dodgy, tricky away games and we've got points in them. That's the nature of our league."
    • 13:21 The six Liverpool managers faced by Alex Ferguson: Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez and Roy Hodgson. Does not include Ronnie Morans's 10-game caretaker stint in 1991, or Phil Thompson's tenure while Houllier was recovering from heart surgery.
    • 13:18 Roy Hodgson is the sixth different permanent Liverpool manager Ferguson has faced since he arrived at Old Trafford. So who are the other five? Answer in a couple of minutes...
    • 13:15 Rio Ferdinand misses out on a return to the Manchester United side because he was 'ill overnight'. That's the official word from United.
    • 13:15 There was predictable chuntering from Arsene Wenger after Arsenal conceded a 95th-minute equaliser against Sunderland yesterday evening. Saturday managers' quotes
    • 13:15 Man Utd have a 64% chance of winning this match according to Infostrada's Euro Club Index. Liverpool have a 15% chance of all three points. Man Utd are ranked 3rd amongst the top flight clubs in Europe on the Euro Club Index, seven places higher than 10th ranked Liverpool. Infostrada's Euro Club Index
    • 13:10 Kenny Dalglish is in slightly more bullish mood, saying he fully expects Liverpool to return to the top table of English football. King Kenny: We'll be back
    • 13:10 On the Liverpool side, Roy Hodgson sounds like he would be happy with a draw at Old Trafford. Hodgson hopes to avoid meltdown
    • 13:05 Even if Rio Ferdinand had returned, he would not be wearing the captain's armband - Nemanja Vidic is United permanent on-the-field skipper. Ferguson names Vidic skipper
    • 13:00 Even Paul Scholes has got into the hype, albeit in his usual unassuming manner - his take on the United-Liverpool rivalry: "You can't get away from the fact that both teams don't really like each other." Scholes: Rivalry will never die
    • 12:55 This game comes with its usual quota of verbal jousting - this morning's papers carried quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson sayin ghe was surprised Rafa Benitez did not get sacked sooner. Fergie: Rafa could have gone sooner
    • 12:50 Joe Cole is back for Liverpool after his three-match ban, and replaces Milan Jovanovic in the starting line-up. Raul Meireles starts his first Premier League game, coming in for Lucas.
    • 12:50 So, still no Rio Ferdinand for Manchester United, but Wayne Rooney starts as expected. Will Liverpool target Jonny Evans after the Norther Irishman's tough afternoon at Everton last week?
    • 12:45 TEAMS - MAN UTD: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney... Subs: Kuszczak, Brown, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Macheda, Gibson... LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Meireles, Poulsen, Maxi, Gerrard, Cole, Torres... Subs: Jones, Agger, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Lucas, Ngog... Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
    • 12:45 Welcome to live coverage of one of the most bitter derbies in English football - it's Manchester United v Liverpool from Old Trafford!
  • Summary

    • 84' GOAL!!! BERBATOV HAT-TRICK!!! O'Shea crosses diagonally from the right, Berbatov outjumps Carragher and guides his header into the left corner!
    • 70' GOAL!!! GERRARD SCORES A FREE-KICK!! Manchester United have thrown it away again!! The Fletcher breaks from the wall, and Gerrard places it through the hole and into the bottom right corner! Amazing.
    • 64' GERRARD STEPS UP... SCORES!! Fires it into the right corner, sending Van der Sar the wrong way! Liverpool are back in the game!
    • 63' PENALTY!!! Torres cuts the ball inside past Evans, who slides and takes him out - Howard Webb points to the spot!
    • 59' GOOOOAAALLL!!! DIMITAR BERBATOV WITH A MAGICAL OVERHEAD KICK!! He controls Nani's cross with his thigh, then hits a looping overhead kick in off the underside of the bar!
    • 56' NANI!! Fires a shot against the woodwork from the edge of the box! Superb hit from the Portuguese.
    • 43' Huge handball claim against Jamie Carragher after a Maxi lay-off hits him! But referee Webb sees nothing wrong!
    • 42' GOAL!! IT'S DIMITAR BERBATOV AGAIN!! The Bulgarian is being wrestled by Torres, but does not have to jump and stoops to direct a header inside the near post! Shoddy defending from Liverpool and United lead!
    • 16' Oh, Nani! Great chance, twice! Rooney finds him in acres of space on the right but he inexplicably chooses not to shoot, pulling it back for Rooney. The eventual shot ricochets back to Nani, who sidefoots well wide. He's often criticised for his lack of end product and that is a prime example.
    • 13:15 Rio Ferdinand misses out on a return to the Manchester United side because he was 'ill overnight'. That's the official word from United.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • E. van der Sar
      • J. O'Shea Yellow Card
      • N. Vidic
      • J. Evans Yellow Card
      • P. Evra
      • D. Fletcher
      • P. Scholes Yellow Card
      • Nani Substitution Out (88′)
      • R. Giggs Substitution Out (82′)
      • D. Berbatov Goals×3 Substitution Out (88′)
      • W. Rooney Yellow Card

      Subs

      • M. Owen
      • W. Brown
      • T. Kuszczak
      • C. Smalling
      • F. Macheda Substitution In82′
      • Anderson Substitution In88′
      • D. Gibson Substitution In88′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • G. Johnson
      • J. Carragher
      • M. &#352krtel
      • P. Konchesky Substitution Out (82′)
      • Raul Meireles Substitution Out (79′)
      • C. Poulsen
      • M. Rodríguez Substitution Out (62′)
      • S. Gerrard Goals×2
      • J. Cole
      • F. Torres

      Subs

      • B. Jones
      • R. Babel
      • D. Agger Substitution In82′
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In62′ Yellow Card
      • M. Jovanovic Substitution In79′
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • Lucas
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