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Steven Gerrard challenges Oliveira Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Federico Macheda by Martin Skrtel. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
Steven Gerrard produces a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Agger on John O'Shea. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Centre by Milan Jovanovic, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
Luis Nani goes off and Darron Gibson comes on. Dimitar Berbatov leaves the field to be replaced by Oliveira Anderson.
Milan Jovanovic fouled by Federico Macheda, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
The ball is sent over by John O'Shea, Dimitar Berbatov scores a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 3-2 Liverpool.Assist by John O'Shea.
Centre by Darren Fletcher, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Paul Konchesky leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Agger. (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Federico Macheda coming on for Ryan Giggs.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Konchesky.
Luis Nani crosses the ball, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Milan Jovanovic replaces Raul Meireles.
Effort on goal by David Ngog from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Steven Gerrard fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Giggs, Glen Johnson gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Poulsen on Darren Fletcher. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Christian Poulsen, Headed effort from inside the area by Raul Meireles misses to the right of the goal.
Patrice Evra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.
Fernando Torres fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows John O'Shea a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Steven Gerrard hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-2 Liverpool.
Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Ngog. Paul Scholes is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Christian Poulsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
David Ngog gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher. David Ngog is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Darren Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Jonathan Evans. Jonathan Evans is given a yellow card. Placed penalty scored by Steven Gerrard. Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool.The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.
David Ngog replaces Rodriguez Maxi.
Luis Nani sends in a cross, Dimitar Berbatov fires in a fantastic goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Luis Nani.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Joe Cole goes wide left of the target.
Wayne Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Wayne Rooney is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.
Effort from just inside the penalty box by Luis Nani strikes the post.
The ball is crossed by Darren Fletcher, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
Rodriguez Maxi challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
Centre by Glen Johnson, Fernando Torres produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Darren Fletcher has an effort at goal. Blocked by Christian Poulsen.
Rodriguez Maxi handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Cole crosses the ball, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra.
Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Centre by Luis Nani.
Dimitar Berbatov produces a cross, Glen Johnson makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Gerrard. Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Dimitar Berbatov finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Patrice Evra. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Paul Konchesky produces a cross.
Centre by Christian Poulsen.
Glen Johnson delivers the ball, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.
Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left channel, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Darren Fletcher. Darren Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
A cross is delivered by John O'Shea, Header by Dimitar Berbatov from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Christian Poulsen makes a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Fernando Torres goes wide left of the target.
Dimitar Berbatov is ruled offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
John O'Shea sends in a cross, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Steven Gerrard. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Short corner worked by Glen Johnson, Effort from the edge of the box by Glen Johnson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by Wayne Rooney, save by Jose Reina.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Dimitar Berbatov. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Fernando Torres. Shot from just outside the box by Paul Scholes goes over the bar.
Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Christian Poulsen restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Giggs crosses the ball.
Centre by Rodriguez Maxi, Paul Scholes manages to make a clearance.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Christian Poulsen gets a block in. Close range effort by Luis Nani goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Christian Poulsen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Poulsen by Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
Centre by Ryan Giggs, Headed effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
John O'Shea takes a shot. Clearance made by Glen Johnson.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani.
The ball is crossed by Luis Nani, blocked by Paul Konchesky. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
Paul Konchesky challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Fletcher.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Paul Konchesky gets a block in. Ryan Giggs takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Nemanja Vidic goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Paul Konchesky. Free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Paul Konchesky. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
The referee gets the match started.
The referee blows for half time.
The referee starts the second half.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing to recall all his big guns for Sunday's eagerly-anticipated Premier League encounter with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Dimitar Berbatov has already been assured his place in the Red Devils starting line-up and will almost certainly be joined by Edwin van der Sar, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Paul Scholes, who all missed Tuesday's draw with Rangers.
Antonio Valencia (ankle) is out until February, so more responsibility falls on the shoulders of Nani.
Ferguson is hoping to extend the hand of friendship to Liverpool again now that Rafael Benitez has gone. Roy Hodgson has become the seventh Reds boss during Ferguson's time at Manchester United.
Despite the intense rivalry between the two north-west giants, Ferguson has tended to enjoy a harmonious relationship with his managerial counterpart. That was not the case with Benitez. The Spaniard became increasingly fixated on Ferguson, claiming at one point that the United manager was treated with kid gloves by the game's authorities compared to everyone else.
Ferguson did have one public attack on Benitez, over what was perceived to be a "disrespectful" 'game over' signal during an encounter with Sam Allardyce's Blackburn, but largely seemed content to let Benitez vent his spleen without response.
"I have never been personal. You have to examine him, not me," said Ferguson, referring to Benitez's conduct. "I have always enjoyed a good relationship with Liverpool managers. Both clubs have always addressed the situation properly after the games.
"That changed under the last regime. It is not a big issue for me."
Striker Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard return to Liverpool's starting line-up as manager Hodgson restores his strongest side. The pair were left out of Thursday's Europa League victory as Hodgson made eight changes and he likely to effect a similar number at Old Trafford.
Joe Cole will play only his second Barclays Premier League match of the season after serving a three-game ban. Hodgson hopes his long friendship Ferguson will not be tested now he is manager of Liverpool.
However, he is not averse to annoying the man he considers the greatest British manager of his generation by getting one over the Scot in terms of the result. "I certainly regard him as a friend. Whether he regards me as a friend you'd have to ask him," said the 62-year-old, who revealed he telephoned Ferguson when he took over at Liverpool.
"I spoke to him in a jocular way, I asked him the question 'Does it mean now I've taken the Liverpool job that we don't speak to each other?' - he didn't put the phone down but he made some cutting remark.
"The friendship hasn't been affected by me becoming Liverpool manager.I'm sure he will offer me a glass of wine when I go to the game on Sunday and I'll offer him one when he comes here.
"But during the match there is no room for sentiment and I'll be hoping desperately things go our way and he'll be hoping things go his way."
Sir Alex Ferguson was indebted to the "genius" of Dimitar Berbatov after the Bulgarian's brilliant hat-trick floored Liverpool at Old Trafford.
- Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool - As it happened
Every single member of the United side had need to thank Berbatov at the end after they had tossed away a two-goal advantage against Merseyside opposition for the second weekend running, only for the former Tottenham man to net the winner six minutes from time.
In some very perceptive programme notes, Ferguson suggested to lose a winning position once was bad luck, twice is downright careless. Now Liverpool can be added to Fulham and Everton as teams United have thrown winning positions away against this season.
They were only spared the sight of Ferguson's fury because of Berbatov, whose header denied Liverpool, who had levelled through Steven Gerrard's double. The other part of Ferguson's pre-match missive was the declaration that "you must have faith and we are being rewarded this season for our confidence in a player who has a touch of genius about him".
Genius was an apt word to describe Berbatov's contribution, in particular the astonishing overhead kick that had put United two ahead midway through the second-half of a slow burner of a game that eventually turned into a classic. Ferguson is not the only one in these parts who still feel this is the biggest fixture of the Premier League calendar.
Chelsea, Arsenal and even Blackburn may have won the title since Liverpool last did so in 1990. But with their 18 league championships and five European Cups, they remain the most successful English side, even if United have now joined them on the domestic front.
The atmosphere was crackling at kick-off, although the early action failed to match it. United did create one excellent opportunity, which Nani wasted when he fired wide after Wayne Rooney's shot had bounced kindly for him after striking Gerrard. But the game was low on incident until Berbatov broke the deadlock by nodding home Ryan Giggs' corner at the near-post.
TV replays did not show Fernando Torres in a good light. His performance at Birmingham last week was branded "diabolical" by TV pundit and former Liverpool skipper Jamie Redknapp. Clearly needing a goal, Torres was again struggling to make an impact.
New United captain Nemanja Vidic, who has suffered more than most at the feet of a man who remains one of the world's best strikers, tidied up one opportunity that had come Torres' way via a fortunate bounce off World Cup final referee Howard Webb. The Liverpool forward also trundled a disappointing shot way off target after managing to get a quarter of a yard in front of Vidic as the pair turned on the edge of the area.
All this was forgivable. Just allowing Berbatov, who had already got in front of the former Atletico Madrid star as Giggs strode up to take the corner, just to stoop for it unchallenged, would not have impressed Roy Hodgson very much.
If defensive questions needed to be asked about that, there was nothing more to do than simply admire Berbatov's brilliance when he doubled his side's lead just before the hour. It was almost impossible to believe it took just two touches to get Nani's right-wing cross into the net. But it was precisely that. The first to control with his knee. The second to dispatch an overhead kick which left Pepe Reina rooted to the spot as it bounced in off the crossbar.
In any normal season, the contest would have been over. However, there is a fallibility about United just now that clearly refuses to rectify itself no matter how harsh Ferguson's words. The rashness with which Jonny Evans lunged in on Torres as the striker checked back inside the box gave lie to the theory United can operate effectively without Rio Ferdinand, overlooked for the captaincy and missing with a virus.
On the second occasion, John O'Shea could count himself mightily relieved Webb did not reach for the red card once he decided the Irishman had dragged Torres to the ground just outside the box.
The consequences of Webb's ruling would be felt in the eventual outcome. With both situations though, Gerrard found the corner of United's goal with precision, racing gleefully to the ecstatic visiting fans the second time around to hail a position he could not have expected his team would be in 10 minutes previously.
It looked like United had blown it. Berbatov had other ideas and rose to meet O'Shea cross to give his side victory.
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