United 1 - 0 Liverpool

Rafael Rio Evans(Smalling) Evra
Nani Carrick Fletcher(Anderson) Giggs
Berbatov Chicharito(Owen)

So we're through to the 4th round after beating a spirited Liverpool side. We went ahead after just 2 minutes when Berbatov was fouled in the box and the ref awarded a penalty. Giggsy made no mistake from the spot. Liverpool were later reduced to 10 men and to be honest I think we should have beaten this side with greater ease.

The Liverpool fans are blaming Howard Webb for their loss, so I'll analyse the big decisions taken by Mr Webb. The penalty - It was dubious. There surely was a touch but I think Berbatov made a meal of it and he got what he asked for. A goal that early in the game does damage the morale of the players of the team on the receiving end. However, sometimes conceding a goal that early could spur you on. Liverpool had 88 minutes to do something but instead kept whining and hitting, with their highly inaccurate shots, people seated in the highest tiers at Old Trafford. The Red Card - It was a dead cert red. Anyone saying that it wasn't should pay a visit to the nearest specs shop as soon as possible. A two footed challenge is a straight red, we've seen players getting sent off in the past for that kind of challenge and we'll keep seeing players get sent off in the future for identical challenges. Other penalty claims - United had two other penalty claims and I think one of them, when Evans was bullied off the ball, was quite valid.

Anyway a win is a win and winning against Liverpool is always special. As I browse through some Liverpool supporter's Facebook profiles I cannot help but laugh at their pathetic claims that Webb won us the game. We didn't do anything spectacular, true, but we were the better team on the pitch. Only the post and a couple of excellent saves by Reina have kept the margin on the scoreline to a minimum of 1 goal. Oh and by the way, that Brazilian kid Rafael had another excellent game. Well played Rafa, well done United!

Spurs next. Expecting a very difficult game, therefore a draw would be just fine while a win would be great!


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