Liverpool   1

Gerrard (46)

Man United   2

Rafael (51), van Persie (81)

23 September 2012 Anfield | Attendance: 44,263

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25Reinayellow card
2Johnson
37Skrtel
5Aggersub23
34Kelly
24Allen
8Gerrardgoal
33Shelveyred card
31Sterlingsub14
29Borinisub30
7Suarez
Subs:
11Assaidi
1Jones
3Enrique
4Sahin
14Hendersonsub31
23Carraghersub5
30Susosub29
Man United
13Lindegaard
2Rafaelgoalsub19
6Evans
5Ferdinand
3Evra
16Carrick
26Kagawasub14
11Giggs
17Nanisub22
20van Persiegoalyellow card
7Valencia
Subs:
1De Gea
8Anderson
14Hernandezsub26
19Welbecksub2
22Scholessub17yellow card
23Cleverley
28Buttner

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23/09/2012 14:16, Report by Steve Bartram
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Manchester United registered a first victory at Anfield since 2007 despite a disjointed display, as a sensational goal from Rafael and Robin van Persie’s late penalty sealed a comeback win over 10-man Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard had fired the hosts into a deserved lead in the opening minute of the second half, only for Rafael to quickly curl home an unstoppable finish to level matters, and van Persie crashed home the decisive penalty after Antonio Valencia had been fouled by Glen Johnson.

The victory came despite a largely off-colour performance from the visitors, who toiled for long periods even in spite of the 39th-minute dismissal of Jonjo Shelvey for a two-footed lunge on Jonny Evans.

Shelvey took issue with referee Mark Halsey and, curiously, Sir Alex Ferguson after being sent off, and the home support were similarly incensed by the decision to penalise Johnson for his challenge on Valencia – though the England defender clipped the Ecuadorian's heel in trying to recover the ball.

The game’s events heightened the tension on a day already shrouded in pre-match fervour. Nevertheless, all fears of unruly fan behaviour from either end of the East Lancs Road proved unfounded. On the field too, there were handshakes throughout both sets of players and Sir Bobby Charlton presented Liverpool ambassador Ian Rush with flowers to commemorate the much-publicised recent Hillsborough ruling.

Amid all the issues surrounding the game, the major piece of team news was provided by Sir Alex Ferguson’s omission of Nemanja Vidic as a precautionary measure, after the Serbian had already - for the first time since last November - completed two full games in a week. Rio Ferdinand returned to

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