When the 5-time European champions are outmuscled by Darren Fletcher, you know there’s a serious problem.
The ‘Scottish Player’ has had a fantastic start to the season and he repayed the faith his manager has put in him in spades today, showing the type of commitment and tenacity that Alonso, Crouch and most of the Liverpool squad would have killed for.
To get an idea of how the game went….the biggest threat to van der Sar was a Peter Crouch tackle when EVDS was hoofing it out of the United box and Crouch, recklessly, slid in to prevent the shot. EVDS was toppled, the ball was upfield and Crouch, a sub, was yellow-carded.
United missed Ronaldo’s creative spark and suffered a bit early on in midfield but they got control of the game pretty soon and despite banging in half a dozen goals they dominated and came out deservedly on top.
Is Liverpool’s title chase now over? Reina thought that it would be if Liverpool lost to Manchester United here…it would be interesting to hear whether Pepe has given up on the Premiership title with a good 30 games still to go.
It looks to me that Ferdinand has a lost a bit of pace, because Gonzalez outsped him on the flank…