Barclays Premier League
23.03.08, Old Trafford
(Brown 34, Ronaldo 79, Nani 81)
United: Van der Sar; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Scholes, Carrick, Anderson (Tevez 73), Giggs (Nani 73); Rooney. Subs not used: Kuszczak, Hargreaves, O'Shea.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Mascherano, Alonso, Kuyt, Gerrard, Babel (Benayoun 66), Torres (Riise 82). Subs not used: Itandje, Hyypia, Crouch.
The Reds were already in front courtesy of Wes Brown's header before Javier Mascherano talked himself into a second yellow card from referee Steve Bennett.
The visitors were furious, none more so than the abrasive Argentinian, but they stayed in the game until the closing stages.
Cristiano Ronaldo powered in a header from a corner and, two minutes later, his fellow countryman Nani ran through to blast in a spectacular third to seal a comprehensive success.