Sunday, October 22, 2006

No passion, no heart, no legs, but wonderful...

..No I'm not describing the love of my life or the lack of it. I'm referring to Liverpool FC, today they lost 2-0 at Old Trafford as United went back to the top of the table following goals by Paul "he scores goals" Scholes, and in doing so he marked his 500th appearance for the Red Devils by scoring 5 minutes before half time. United's second goal came from Rio Ferdinand who scored against Liverpool in the corresponding fixture last season to secure the points, today he bettered that goal with a real belter on 66 minutes.

The worry for Liverpool fans is that United didn't have to be that special to beat them today as strangely the visitors lacked the usual drive and running that we see when they visit United.

These games are normally fairly dour affairs with Liverpool congesting the midfield usually with five men. When looking at the Liverpool formation prior to kick-off, it looked likely to be the same sort of game and that is how it started with Liverpool doing the pressing in the first 8 minutes. During that opening spell the visitors closed United down all over the park. When the home side were in possession they were giving the ball away cheaply throughout the first 15 minutes, with both Giggs and Carrick both guilty of sloppy passing.

Gradually United started to dominate the possession with Fletcher pressing Liverpool and all too often winning back the ball for United. That was the story of the first half until Scholes got the vital opening goal, it came after United broke down the left and Giggs found Scholes completely unmarked to beat Reina at the second attempt. It was a gift of a goal in many ways, but Scholes got into position A when the ball came inside the box, the 31 year old United star finished off the move to score only his second goal against Liverpool.

From then on United pretty much controlled the game. On 66 minutes Ferdinand secured the points with a wonderful piece of skill beating the fullback and then cutting the ball back inside the area before crashing home an unstoppable left foot drive into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. United might have expected a backlash from Liverpool - it never came - there was no reaction. United were worthy winners. Liverpool were very poor and got what they deserved.

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