Premier League: Manchester United 2-1 FC Liverpool


Robin van Persie, Manchester United

Premier League: Manchester United 2-1 FC Liverpool

Premier League top goal-scorer, Robin van Persie of Manchester United scored the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League "Manchester Derby" match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 13, 2013 in Manchester, England.

United remain in first place in the English Premier League after they easily defeated Liverpool today with goals from Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic. Luis Suarez did not score but Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool's only goal earning 3 more points for Man Utd.

It was van Persie's 9th goal in 9 games.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring with a side-footed finish across Pepe Reina to give United the lead.

After half-time, Sir Alex Ferguson replaced Ashley Young with Antonio Valencia after the England winger was injured in a collision with Daniel Agger.

Liverpool subbed new signing Daniel Sturridge for Lucas Leiva for Sturridge's Premier League debut.

Then Liverpool soon found themselves 2-0 down as Danny Welbeck was brought down by Martin Skrtel earning a free kick for United. Van Persie's resultant free-kick was headed home by Patrice Evra.

Sturridge then scored a goal back for the visitors, as he put home an easy tap-in to give Liverpool some hope of getting into the match.

United managed to stop Liverpool from scoring again and to hang on for the victory.

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